Champney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Champney arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Champney 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. 
Early Origins of the Champney family
The surname Champney was first found in Somersetshire they claim descent from the Sieur de Champney in Normandy. From him the Chamneys of Orchardleuigh in Oxfordshire descend. 
Early History of the Champney family
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Champney Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Champney, Chamnes, Chamness, Chamney, Champneys and many more.
Early Notables of the Champney family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Champney (1569?-1643?), English Catholic divine, descended from a family of good account in Yorkshire, was born in that county in...
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Migration of the Champney family to Ireland
Some of the Champney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Champney migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Champney or a variant listed above were:
Champney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Champney, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 
- Richard Champney, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1635 
- Samuel Champney, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1661 
Champney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Champney, aged 53, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 
- A D Champney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849 
- M T Champney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Champney migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Champney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Benjiman Champney U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Cape Ann Association 
- Mr. Ebenezer Champney U.E. born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Cape Ann Association, graduated Harvard in 1762 
- Mr. Francis Champney U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Cape Ann Association 
Champney 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:
Champney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Champney, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 
Contemporary Notables of the name Champney (post 1700) +
- James Wells Champney (1843-1903), American genre and portrait painter who was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member
- Elizabeth "Lizzie" Williams Champney (1850-1922), born Elizabeth Johnson Williams, an American author
- Benjamin Champney (1817-1907), American painter known for his White Mountain art, founder of the Boston Art Club
- William Weldon Champney (1807-1875), English divine, Dean of Lichfield, eldest son of the Rev. William Betton Champneys, B.C.L. of St. John's College, Oxford 
- Clive Champney, British former continuity announcer for Border Television
- Henry Champney Loomis (1834-1905), American politician, Mayor of Winfield, Kansas, 1896-98
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The Champney 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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