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Chatelaine 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 Chatelaine family have grown. The name Chatelaine 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 Chatelaine family


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

Early History of the Chatelaine family


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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1475, 1500, 1829, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Chatelaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chatelaine Spelling Variations


Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Chatelaine, including 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 Chatelaine family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Chatelaine family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chatelaine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Chatelaine, who settled in Quebec in 1722 from Ile-de-France
  • Antoine Chatelaine, who settled in Quebec in 1750 from Champagne

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