The ancient name of Chaunstor finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a choirmaster, or precentor, in a medieval church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Anglo French chantour,
in the Old French, a word for a singer, chorister, or precentor.
Early Origins of the Chaunstor family
The surname Chaunstor was first found in Leicestershire
. However, one of the first records of the name was Hugh Sottovagina (died c. 1140), often referred to as Hugh the Chanter or Hugh the Chantor, a historian for York Minster during the 12th century. A few years later, John the Chanter (died 1191) was Bishop of Exeter
(1186-1191), he is buried in Exeter
Cathedral, where his tomb survives.
Early History of the Chaunstor family
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Chaunstor Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chaunstor family name include Chanter, Chantur, Chanster, Chaunter, Chaunster, Chantor, Chauntur, Chauntor, Chauntour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaunstor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaunstor family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chaunstor surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Nicholas Chaunter, who arrived in Barbados in 1686; John Chaunter, who arrived in America in 1736; John Chanter, who settled in America in 1736; Thomas Chaunter, who settled in America in 1749.