Origins Available: English
Champon is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a professional champion.
In the Middle Ages a common manner 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 Champon family
The surname Champon was first found in Essex
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.
Early History of the Champon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Champon research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1296, 1291, 1640, 1702, 1689, 1698, 1701, 1701 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Champon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Champon 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 Champon were recorded, including Campion, Champion and others.
Early Notables of the Champon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Champon family to Ireland
Some of the Champon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Champon family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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 Champon arrived in North America very early: Jean Campion who settled in Virginia in 1621 with his wife and four children, and his brother Philip and his wife and one child; Robert Campion settled in Virginia in 1624.
Contemporary Notables of the name Champon (post 1700)
- Lieutenant-General Pierre-Louis-Clestin-Michel Champon (1882-1940), French General Officer Commanding XII Corps (1940) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Pierre-Louis-Clestin-Michel Champon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Champon/Pierre-Louis-C%C3%A9lestin-Michel/France.html