The name Chaunter is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as 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 Chaunter family
The surname Chaunter 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 Chaunter family
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Chaunter Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Chaunter are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chaunter include Chanter, Chantur, Chanster, Chaunter, Chaunster, Chantor, Chauntur, Chauntor, Chauntour and many more.
Early Notables of the Chaunter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chaunter family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chaunter or a variant listed above:
Chaunter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Chaunter, who arrived in Barbados in 1686
Chaunter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Chaunter, who arrived in America in 1736
- Thomas Chaunter, who settled in America in 1749