The name Chansay arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chansay family lived in Essex
. They were originally from Chansay, Normandy
, and it is to their tenure of residence in this area that their name refers.
Early Origins of the Chansay family
The surname Chansay 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 Chansay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chansay research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1592, 1672, 1654, 1632, 1712, 1632 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Chansay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chansay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Chance, Chancey, Chaunceur, Channsy, Channsey, Chauncey, Chancy and many more.
Early Notables of the Chansay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip de Chauncy; and Charles Chauncy (1592-1672), English-born, American clergyman and educator from Yardleybury (Ardeley), Hertfordshire
who became President of... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chansay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chansay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chansay or a variant listed above: Jane Chance who settled in Grenada in 1774; John Chance arrived in New York in 1710; Will Chance settled in Georgia in 1735; Charles Chauncy settled in New England
in 1638 was Second President of Harvard College.