Brittany is the soil from which the many generations of the Chattelaine family have grown. The name Chattelaine 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 Chattelaine family
Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the Chattelaine family
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Chattelaine Spelling Variations
Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Chattelaine 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 Chattelaine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chattelaine family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Chattelaine has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chattelaine were P.H. Chatelain settled in New Orleans in 1822; Antoine Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1750 from Champagne; Francois Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1722 from Ile-de-France..
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