Choan is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Choan family lived in Kent
, where they held lands and a family seat
at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).
Early Origins of the Choan family
The surname Choan was first found in Kent
, where the Choan family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Fairbourne (later Fairlawn). At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William after his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066, this estate was held by Hugh le Vendee, nephew of Herbert and Ralph de Courbepine from the tenant
in chief, the Bishop of Bayeux, and it is from Hugh which the family is conjecturally descended.
Early History of the Choan family
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Choan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Choan are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Choan include Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.
Early Notables of the Choan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Choan family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Choan, or a variant listed above: George Chown who settled in New York State in 1812; Elizabeth Chune settled in Barbados in 1670; Barney Chune settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822.