The Medieval culture once found in the northwestern region of France known as Brittany
is the soil from which the many generations of the Châtellain family have grown. The name Châtellain was given to a member of the family who was a governor or steward of a castle having derived from the Old French word "castelain," which referred to some of that profession.
Early Origins of the Châtellain family
The surname Châtellain was first found in Brittany
, where the family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Châtellain family
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Châtellain Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Châtellain is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Chatelain, Chatelaine, Chatellain, Chatellaine, Chattelain, Chattelaine, Chattellain, Chattellaine, Chatelains, Chatelaines, de Chatelain, du Chatelain, Châtelain, Châtelaine, Châtellain, Châtellaine, Châtelains, Châtelaines, Chastelain, Castelain and many more.
Early Notables of the Châtellain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Châtellain family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Châtellain were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Châtellain were P.H. Chatelain settled in New Orleans in 1822; Antoine Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1750 from Champagne; Francois Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1722 from Ile-de-France..