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Chown is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Chown family lived in Kent, where they held lands and a family seat at Fairbourne (later Fairlawn).

Chown Early Origins



The surname Chown was first found in Kent, where the Chown 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.

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Chown Spelling Variations


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Chown Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chowne, Chown, Chiowne, Chioune, Choon, Chiown, Cone, Chone, Cowne, Cown, Coun, Coune, Chune, Choone and many more.

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Chown Early History


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Chown Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chown research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1639, 1613, 1668, 1659 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Chown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chown Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chown Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Chown or a variant listed above were:

Chown Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Chown, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Chown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Chown who settled in New York State in 1812
  • George Chown, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812

Chown Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John R Chown arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  • Thomas Chown, British convict from stationed on HMS Impregnable, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chown (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chown (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey Chown, American professor of communication studies at Northern Illinois University
  • Gary Chown (b. 1951), Canadian former CFl offensive lineman and linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes (1974-1977)
  • Alf Chown (b. 1932), former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in 1953
  • Marcus Chown (b. 1959), British science writer, journalist and broadcaster, currently cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine
  • Bruce Chown OC FRSC (1893-1986), Canadian scientist who researched the Rhesus blood factor, posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Samuel Dwight Chown (1853-1933), Canadian Methodist minister who led the Methodist Church of Canada into the United Church of Canada in 1925, eponym of Mount Chown and Chown Glacier, Alberta
  • James Edward "Jim" Chown (b. 1952), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for Agricultural Region (2009-)
  • Alice Amelia Chown (1866-1949), Canadian feminist, pacifist, socialist and author
  • Gordon Chown (1922-2002), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Manitoba, Canada, 1957-1963
  • Bruce Chown OC, FRSC (1893-1986), Canadian scientist, best known for his research into the Rhesus factor and helped produced a Rh immune vaccine
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Chown Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chown Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 December 2016 at 07:27.

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