Anglo-Saxon name Chauntry comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked at the church and was in charge of providing songs or chants for mass having derived from the Old French word chanterie.
Early Origins of the Chauntry family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Chauntry family
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Chauntry Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chauntry include Chantrey, Chauntre, Chauntrey, Chauntree, Chantree, Chantrie, Chantre and many more.
Early Notables of the Chauntry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chauntry family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chauntry or a variant listed above: Robert Chantrey who arrived in Virginia in 1623.
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