Show ContentsChatelain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Medieval culture once found in the northwestern region of France known as Brittany is the soil from which the many generations of the Chatelain family have grown. The name Chatelain was given to a member of the family who was a governor or steward of a castle having derived from the Old French word "castelain," which referred to some of that profession.

Early Origins of the Chatelain family

The surname Chatelain was first found in Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Chatelain family

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Chatelain 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 Chatelain is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Chatelain, Chatelaine, Chatellain, Chatellaine, Chattelain, Chattelaine, Chattellain, Chattellaine, Chatelains, Chatelaines, de Chatelain, du Chatelain, Châtelain, Châtelaine, Châtellain, Châtellaine, Châtelains, Châtelaines, Chastelain, Castelain and many more.

Early Notables of the Chatelain family

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Chatelain Ranking

In France, the name Chatelain is the 475th most popular surname with an estimated 9,343 people with that name. [1]

United States Chatelain migration to the United States +

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Chatelain were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chatelain were

Chatelain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P. H. Chatelain, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • David L Chatelain, aged 42, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [2]
  • Mr. Chatelain, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Chatelain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chatelain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Louis Chatelain, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1821
  • Jean Louis Chatelain, who landed in Canada in 1821

Contemporary Notables of the name Chatelain (post 1700) +

  • Jeremy Chatelain, American musician from Utah
  • Hubert Paul Chatelain (1917-1942), American gunner's mate first class who served on the USS South Dakota (BB-57); he was killed in action and posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal, eponym of the USS Chatelain (DE-149)
  • Alfred Chatelain, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904 [3]
  • Hélène Châtelain (1935-2020), French actress who appeared as "the woman" in Chris Marker's La Jetée (1962)
  • Émile Chatelain (1851-1933), French Latinist and palaeographer
  • Louis Chatelain (1883-1950), French historian, archaeologist and university professor
  • Jérémy Chatelain, French singer, actor, and fashion designer
  • Danièle Chatelain, French writer and professor of French
  • Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain (1710-1758), English Huguenot engraver
  • Clara de Chatelain (1807-1876), née Clara Du Mazet de Pontigny, an English writer, composer and translator
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook