Corpion is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a professional champion.
In the Middle Ages a common manner of settling disputes was through trial by combat. Thus, proficient fighters would sell their services to represent parties involved in such cases by fighting on their behalf. The word derives from the Anglo Norman French word, campion,
of the same meaning.
Early Origins of the Corpion family
The surname Corpion was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Corpion family
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Corpion Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Corpion has been recorded under many different variations, including Campion, Champion and others.
Early Notables of the Corpion family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Corpion family to Ireland
Some of the Corpion family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Corpion family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Corpions were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Jean Campion who settled in Virginia in 1621 with his wife and four children, and his brother Philip and his wife and one child; Robert Campion settled in Virginia in 1624.