Dechant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The majestic region of Picardy in France was the place of origin of the prestigious surname Dechant. Dechant is a topographic surname, which is a form of hereditary surname, and was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The surname Dechant is derived from the Old French word "champ," which means field, and literally means "of the fields."
Early Origins of the Dechant family
The surname Dechant was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where the family was first established, and expanded to become one of the more notable names in the region.
The name was also seen in the town of Poitou, located in west-central France, by two aldermans in 1412 and 1422. 
The French name originally came to Canada with Jean-Baptiste, born in 1646, son of Jean, Lord of Sandes. 
Important Dates for the Dechant family
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Dechant Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Deschamps, Deschamp, DesChamps, DesChamp, Descamps, Descamp, DesCamps, DesCamp, Dechamps, Dechamp, DeChamps, DeChamp, des Champs, Deschemps, Duchamps, Duchamp, DuChamps, DuChamp, Déchamps, Déchamp, Deschams, de Champs, de Champ, Le Champ, Delachamps, Dechant, Deschemps, Deschemp, Déchemps, Déchemp, Deschems, Décham, Le Champ, Les Champs, Le Camp, de Camp, Descamp, Descampes, Le Campes, de Campes, Champs, Champ, Champlain, Champlaine and many more.
Early Notables of the Dechant family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this period was Samuel de Champlain, born in Saintonge in 1567, who was sent to the New World by King Henry IV, discovered Canada, then known as "la Nouvelle-France", and founded Quebec City in 1608; Eustache Deschamps (1340-1406), medieval French poet, received lessons in versification from Guillaume de Machaut and later studied law at Orleans University, traveled through Europe as a diplomatic messenger for Charles V, His estate was pillaged by the English, in consequence of which he continuously abuses them in his many poems, wrote as many as 1,175 ballades, and he is sometimes...
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Dechant migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dechant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Wilhelm Dechant, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 
- Jakob Wilhelm Dechant, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 
- Jk William Dechant, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1810 
- Jacob William Dechant, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1810 
- Leonhard Dechant, 27, who arrived in New York, New York in 1856
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dechant (post 1700)
- Anne E. DeChant, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, bets known for her work with Odd Girl Out
- Ed DeChant, American Democratic politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1949-1968)
- Virgil C. Dechant (b. 1930), American 12th Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (1977-2000), he escorted President George W. Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II
- Charles "Mr. Casual" DeChant, American saxophone and keyboard player, best known for his work with the multi-platinum selling recording artists Hall & Oates
- Jennifer DeChant, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Maine, 2008 
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- ^ 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 Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html