The name Chaunceur reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chaunceur family lived in Essex
. They were originally from Chansay, Normandy
, and it is to their tenure of residence in this area that their name refers.
Early Origins of the Chaunceur family
The surname Chaunceur was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chaunceur family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaunceur research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1592, 1672, 1654, 1632, 1712, 1632 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Chaunceur History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chaunceur Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chaunceur family name include Chance, Chancey, Chaunceur, Channsy, Channsey, Chauncey, Chancy and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaunceur family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Philip de Chauncy; and Charles Chauncy (1592-1672), English-born, American clergyman and educator from Yardleybury (Ardeley), Hertfordshire
who became President of... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chaunceur Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chaunceur family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Chaunceur family to immigrate North America: Jane Chance who settled in Grenada in 1774; John Chance arrived in New York in 1710; Will Chance settled in Georgia in 1735; Charles Chauncy settled in New England
in 1638 was Second President of Harvard College.