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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."

Dechant Early Origins



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.

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Dechant Spelling Variations


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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.

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Dechant Early History


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Dechant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dechant research. Another 797 words (57 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1346, 1406, 1450, 1567, 1574, 1608, 1619, 1683, 1715, 1791, 1800, 1861, 1869, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Dechant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dechant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dechant Early Notables (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...

Another 164 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dechant 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dechant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Wilhelm Dechant, aged 22, 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dechant (post 1700)


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dechant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dechant 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 11 February 2016 at 08:10.

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