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Champness is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Champness family lived in Yorkshire. They were originally from Champigne or Champagne, Normandy, and it is from the family's residence there that the name derives.

Champness Early Origins



The surname Champness was first found in Somersetshire they claim descent from the Sieur de Champney in Normandy. From him the Chamneys of Orchardleuigh in Oxfordshire descend. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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Champness Spelling Variations


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Champness Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Champney, Chamnes, Chamness, Chamney, Champneys and many more.

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Champness Early History


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Champness Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Champness research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Champness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Champness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Champness Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Champness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Champness In Ireland


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Champness In Ireland



Some of the Champness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Champness or a variant listed above:

Champness Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Champness, who landed in New Jersey in 1675
  • Nathaniel Champness, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675

Champness Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Champness settled in Baltimore in 1774

Champness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hy. R. Champness, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1896

Champness Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Nellie Champness, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Letchworth, England, in 1912
  • William Arthur Champness, aged 0, who landed in America from Letchworth, England, in 1912
  • Charles Henry Champness, aged 43, who emigrated to America from Weybridge, England, in 1915

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Contemporary Notables of the name Champness (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Champness (post 1700)



  • G.R. Champness, New Zealand field assistant on the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition to northern Victoria Land (1967-1968), eponym of the Champness Glacier, Antarctica

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro patria non timidus perire
Motto Translation: Not afraid to die for my country.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Champness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Champness 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.

This page was last modified on 2 December 2015 at 15:52.

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