The name Chawner is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who makes or deals in blankets. The surname Chawner is derived from the Old English word chalouner,
which in turn comes from chaloun,
which means blanket.
Early Origins of the Chawner family
The surname Chawner was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.
Early History of the Chawner family
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Chawner 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 Chawner 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 Chawner include Chawner, Chawnor, Chauner, Chaunor, Chawnere and many more.
Early Notables of the Chawner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chawner 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 Chawner or a variant listed above:
Chawner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Chawner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1856
- Robert Chawner, who arrived in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania in 1872
- Robert Chawner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Chawner Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.