Origins Available: French
Noble surnames, such as Charnay, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Charnay, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Orleans. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Charnay family originally derived its surname from the place-name Le Charme, a parish in Orleans.
Early Origins of the Charnay family
The surname Charnay was first found in Orléanais, where the family was established in Le Charme, a parish in the department of Loiret, in the district of Montarges.
Early History of the Charnay family
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Charnay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ducharme, Decharme, Ducharne, Ducarme, Ducarne, Charme, Charmes, Charne, Charnes, Carme, Charmet, Charmay, Charmey, Charmoy, Carmoy, Carnoy, Charmil, Charmeil, Charmot, Charman, Charmon, Charmillon, Charmy and many more.
Early Notables of the Charnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charnay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pierre Ducharme, who arrived in Montreal in 1661; Benjamin Charme, who came to Virginia sometime between 1663 and 1679; Catherine Ducharme, who came to Quebec in 1671.