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The French name Charon first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived at Cairon in Calvados, which was in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Charon family

The surname Charon was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Cairon in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Caen, in the canton of Creully. Guillaume de Caron is the first on record, living in 1086 and Eudo, his father, is mentioned as living in Cairon at some unknown time before him. Cairon is located 15 kilometers southeast of Ryes.

Robert Caron settled in Beaupré and married Marie Crevet in Quebec on 25th October 1637. Together they had seven children to carry on the family name of Caron. Robert died on 8th July 1656. [1]

Early History of the Charon family

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Charon Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Charon is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Caron, Cairon, Carron, Carone, Caronne, Carot, Caraud, Careau, Carreau, Carow, Carou, Carrou, Carous, Carrous, Caroux, Charon, Charron, Charone, Charonne, Charou, Charous, Charoux, Le Caron, Lecaron, Lecharon and many more.

Early Notables of the Charon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Sir Caron de Bosdegas, French knight who fought at the Combat of the Thirty, March 26th 1351. Firminus Caron (fl. 1460-1475) was a French composer, and likely a singer, of the Renaissance. He is said by Tinctor to have been the scholar of Binchois or Dufay. [2] Raymond Caron (1605-1666), was an Irish Franciscan friar and author; Firminus Caron (fl.1460-1475), French Renaissance composer; and Antoine Caron (1521-1599), French master glass maker, illustrator. François Caron (1600-1673), was a French Huguenot refugee to the Netherlands who served the Dutch East India Company, he rose from a cabin...
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Charon Ranking

In the United States, the name Charon is the 14,955th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Charon is ranked the 2,213rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,882 people with that name. [4]

United States Charon migration to the United States +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Charon has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Charon were

Charon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Charon, who landed in Maryland in 1657 [5]
Charon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Charon, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [5]
  • Francois Charon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [5]
Charon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Charon, who landed in Peru in 1888 [5]

Canada Charon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Charon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Charon, aged 16, who arrived in Quebec in 1657
  • Mr. Jean Charon, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jacques Pichon and Josué Bettreau, arriving on 15th March 1657 [6]
  • Pierre Charon, who arrived in Montreal in 1663
  • Pierre Charon, son of Pierre and Judith, who married Catherine Pillard, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Montreal, Quebec on 19th October 1665 [7]
  • Jean-Baptiste Charon, son of Pierre and Gabrielle, who married Anne D'Anneville, daughter of Brice and Marguerite, in Quebec on 28th November 1669 [7]
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Charon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Charon, son of Pierre and Marie-Catherine, who married Marguerite Piet, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Sorel, Quebec on 30th January 1701 [7]
  • Nicolas Charon, son of Nicolas and Marie-Catherine, who married Marie-Madeleine Viau, daughter of Jacques and Marie-Madeleine, in Longueuil, Quebec on 15th January 1703 [7]
  • Jean-Baptiste Charon, son of Jean-Baptiste and Anne, who married Geneviève Dupille, daughter of Rémi and Anne, in Saint-Augustin, Quebec on 20th January 1710 [7]
  • Charles Charon, son of Pierre and Marie-Françoise, who married Élisabeth Poupard, daughter of René and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 26th February 1713 [7]
  • Pierre Charon, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Marie-Angélique De Bluche, daughter of Bertrand and Catherine, in Longueuil, Quebec on 17th February 1726 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Charon (post 1700) +

  • Rita Charon (b. 1949), American physician, literary scholar from Providence, Rhode Island, Founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University
  • William Charon, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Delta County Democratic Party, 2007-09 [8]
  • Jean Emile Charon (1920-1998), French nuclear physicist and author of over 20 books on physics, scientific philosophy, and computer science
  • Jacques Charon (1920-1975), French actor and film director

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  2. Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  7. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook