The noble surname Chassay originated in the region of Maine, in France. Chassay is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographic names were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original villages, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Chassay family
The surname Chassay was first found in Maine, where the family took its name in early times from Chassé, a village in the department of Sarthe, in the district of Mamers.
Early History of the Chassay family
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Chassay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Chassé, Chassay, Chassaye, Chassey, Chasset, Chassériau, Chassériot, Chassérieau, Chasériaud, Chassériaut, Chassériaux, Chaisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Chassay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chassay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Chassé, who married Marie-Joseph Migneau in Kamouraska in 1735; Jean-Baptiste Chassé, who married Anne Pinet in Kamouraska in 1785; and Joseph Chassé.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chassay (post 1700)
- Clancy Chassay (b. 1980), English freelance journalist and filmmaker