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Multiple Origins for the Surname Champion



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.

Champion Early Origins



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.

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Champion Spelling Variations


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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.

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Champion Early History


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Champion Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Champion research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Champion History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Champion Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Champion Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Tho Champion, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Champion, who arrived in New England in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Champion, who settled in New England in 1634 with his wife and servants
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary Ann Champion, aged 50, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Peter Champion, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Charles Champion, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Champion Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Champion, who settled in Arizona in 1919

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 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Alice Champion, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • Alfred Champion, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  • Richard Champion, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  • Benjamin Champion, aged 36, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1854.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Thomas Champion, aged 24, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Emily Champion, aged 24, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • E. W. Champion, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • William Champion, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Champion (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Champion (post 1700)



  • Buford Billy Champion (1947-2017), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1969 to 1976
  • Henry Champion (1751-1836), American politician, Member of Connecticut council of assistants, 1806-17; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Colchester, 1820
  • Harry V. Champion, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Old Lyme, 1932
  • Hale Champion, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • George C. Champion, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972
  • George Champion (1840-1928), American politician, Mayor of Normal, Illinois, 1892-93
  • Epaphroditus Champion (1756-1834), American politician, Representative from Connecticut, 1807-17 (at-large 1807-09, 1st District 1809-11, at-large 1811-17)
  • Edwin Van Meter Champion (1890-1976), American Democrat politician, Peoria County State's Attorney, 1932-36; U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1937-39
  • Clifford Champion, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1902
  • Charles Upham Champion (1864-1949), American Democrat politician, Branch County Prosecuting Attorney; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1920, 1932 (alternate)
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Champion Historic Events


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Champion Historic Events




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Suggested Readings for the name Champion


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Suggested Readings for the name Champion



  • Champion Families: The Champion Trails in America by Bonnie Duff Neal Smith.

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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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Trafalgar-March.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 18th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Standard 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/standard1854.shtml

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Champion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Champion Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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