Champion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Champion is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a champion. In the Middle Ages, a common way of settling disputes was through trial by combat. Thus, proficient fighters would sell their services to represent parties involved in such cases by fighting on their behalf. The word derives from the Anglo-Norman French word, campion, of the same meaning.

Early Origins of the Champion family

The surname Champion was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Champion family

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Champion Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Champion were recorded, including Champion, Campion and others.

Early Notables of the Champion family (pre 1700)

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Champion migration to the United States

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Champion arrived in North America very early:

Champion Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Pasco Champion, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Pascoe Champion, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [1]
  • Tho Champion, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Thomas Champion, who arrived in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Thomas Champion, who settled in New England in 1634 with his wife and servants
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Champion Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Zachariah Champion, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
Champion Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adelaid Champion, who arrived in New Orleans in 1822
  • Ephm Champion, aged 41, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • Mary Ann Champion, aged 50, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]
  • Peter Champion, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 [1]
  • Charles Champion, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
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Champion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Champion, who settled in Arizona in 1919

Champion migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Champion Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Champion, who arrived in Toronto in 1871
  • Alex Champion, who settled in Ontario in 1871
Champion Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Champion, (b. 1880), aged 25, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 25th October 1905 en route to Greenwood, British Columbia, Canada [2]

Champion migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Champion Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Champion, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Daniel Champion, (b. 1820), aged 13 born in Market Jew, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 15th October 1833, sentenced for 7 years for stealing coins, transported aboard the ship "John Barry" in 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Daniel Champion (b. 1819), aged 14, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 15th October 1833, sentenced for 7 years for stealing various coins from John Hobbard, transported aboard the ship "John Barry" on 2nd April 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]
  • Alice Champion, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [6]
  • Miss Grace Champion, (b. 1814), aged 25, Cornish general servant travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 16th January 1839 [7]
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Champion migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Champion Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Champion, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mr. Henry Champion, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Agnes Champion, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [8]
  • Miss Sarah Champion, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [8]
  • Mr. Richard Champion, (b. 1838), aged 20, Irish shepherd from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Champion (post 1700)

  • Willis Champion, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 11th District, 1944-45 [10]
  • William J. Champion, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1964 [10]
  • Sylvester Champion, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lyme, 1836 [10]
  • Schuyler Champion (b. 1847), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 14th District, 1893-94 [10]
  • Robert W. Champion, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 6th District, 1976 [10]
  • Samuel G. Champion, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Gloucester County, 1805-06 [10]
  • Rachel Champion, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1952 [10]
  • Mervin Champion, American Republican politician, Member of Wyoming State Senate, 1950 [10]
  • Mario Champion, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [10]
  • Joseph G. Champion, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920 [10]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Champion family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Hazel Marguerite  Champion, née Bishop, Canadian resident from Richmond, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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