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The many generations and branches of the Chanter family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a choirmaster, or precentor, in a medieval church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Anglo French chantour, or chanteor in the Old French, a word for a singer, chorister, or precentor.

Chanter Early Origins



The surname Chanter was first found in Leicestershire. However, one of the first records of the name was Hugh Sottovagina (died c. 1140), often referred to as Hugh the Chanter or Hugh the Chantor, a historian for York Minster during the 12th century. A few years later, John the Chanter (died 1191) was Bishop of Exeter (1186-1191), he is buried in Exeter Cathedral, where his tomb survives.

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Chanter Spelling Variations


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Chanter Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chanter were recorded, including Chanter, Chantur, Chanster, Chaunter, Chaunster, Chantor, Chauntur, Chauntor, Chauntour and many more.

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Chanter Early History


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Chanter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chanter research. Another 449 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1273, 1379, 1500, 1735 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Chanter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chanter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chanter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chanter Notables 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chanter family emigrate to North America:

Chanter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Chanter, who settled in America in 1736
  • Joseph Chanter, who settled in America sometime between 1760 and 1765

Chanter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • T. B. Chanter, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1824

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chanter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chanter (post 1700)



  • Vic Chanter (1921-2010), Australian rules footballer
  • John Courtenay Chanter (1881-1962), Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Lachlan (1943-1947)
  • John Moore Chanter (1845-1931), Australian politician, farmer and commission agent, Member of the Australian Parliament for Riverina (1901-1903)
  • Doreen Chanter, British singer, best known as a member of the Chanter Sisters

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. 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.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Chanter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chanter 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 8 February 2015 at 12:00.

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