Chansey is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chansey 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 Chansey family
The surname Chansey 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 Chansey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chansey 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 Chansey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chansey Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chansey include Chance, Chancey, Chaunceur, Channsy, Channsey, Chauncey, Chancy and many more.
Early Notables of the Chansey 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 Chansey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chansey family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Chanseys to arrive on North American shores: 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.