The Chantre family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person who worked at the church and was in charge of providing songs or chants for mass having derived from the Old French word chanterie.
Early Origins of the Chantre family
The surname Chantre was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chantre family
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Chantre Spelling Variations
Chantre has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chantre have been found, including Chantrey, Chauntre, Chauntrey, Chauntree, Chantree, Chantrie, Chantre and many more.
Early Notables of the Chantre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chantre family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chantres to arrive on North American shores: Robert Chantrey who arrived in Virginia in 1623.