Surnames/tags: Champion de Crespigny Champion Crespigny de Crespigny
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Champion de Crespigny and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.The scope of the study includes wives, husbands, and descendants. Profiles are added to the study by tagging with the sticker:
History of the surname
from de Crespigny, Rafe (2017). Champions from Normandy : An Essay on the Early History of the Champion de Crespigny Family 1350-1800 AD. Anne Young, Ballarat West can be read through https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2899050253/view .
Though the original surname of the family was Champion, therefore, after the acquisition of Crespigny in the early seventeenth century Crespigny or de Crespigny was used either to make distinction from other families bearing the shorter and more common form. Over time, the full style Champion de Crespigny became established and was cited when necessary, as in the Certificate granted by the College of Arms to Pierre, Thomas and Gabriel, on the memorial to Claude and his wife [[[De_Vierville-1|Marie|nee de Vierville]]] at Marylebone, and on some – but not all – legal documents such as wills. Commonly, however, a shorter form was used, and for most of the eighteenth century it was simply Crespigny – subject to erratic spelling on some occasions – while "Champion" may appear as part of the surname or as a given name.
During the nineteenth century the baronet lineage adopted the full form, but other branches were slower to do so. In 1849, when Philip [Robert] Champion Crespigny (1817-1889), founder of the family in Australia, was issued with a passport at St Mâlo for his journey to Paris to be married to Charlotte Frances nee Dana, he was identified as Philip C Crespigny, and his signature endorses the style. The full surname appears quite late in Australia: Philip Robert's son Philip, future General Manager of the Bank of Victoria, began to use it in the 1890s and 1900s, and his obituaries in 1927 refer to him as Philip Champion de Crespigny. The tombstones of Philip's sisters Ada (1848-1927) and Viola (1855-1929) identify them as daughters of (retrospectively renamed) Philip [Robert] Champion de Crespigny.
Coat of Arms
One should note that a Coat of Arms is granted for the use of one particular person ('armiger'). The description of the Coat of Arms is known as the 'blazon' and it is very exact in its terminology. Children may inherit the blazon but it is modified according to prescribed rules.
The basic shield of the Champion de Crespigny family is first ascribed to Maheas Champion about 1350. In heraldic language it is blazoned as argent [a white shield], a lion rampant sable [black], armed and langued gules [red claws and tongue], in dexter base [bottom left] a fer-de-moulin [or cross moline] pierced sable [black, with a hole showing through to the white of the shield behind].
|Basic shield for Champion de Crespigny family|
Entry in Burke's General Armory:
- De Crespigny (Champion de Crespigny, Champion Lodge, Camberwell, Surrey, bart.). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a lion ramp. sa. armed and langued gu., in the dexter base a fer-de-moulin pierced of the second, for Champion de Cbespiony ; 2nd and 3rd, az. three bars ar., for Vierville DE VIERViLLE. Crest — On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a cubit arm mailed erect, holding a broadsword ppr. Motto— Hens sibi conscia recti.
- CHAMPIONDECRESPIGNY DNA Connections
- As at 7 June 2022 there are 151 DNA test connections to people surnamed CHAMPIONDECRESPIGNY
- As at 7 June 2022 there is one member of the family who has taken a Y-DNA test through FTDNA
There are nine members of the family who have Wikipedia articles. There are also several notable wives with their own articles.
- Wikipedia entry on Philip Champion de Crespigny, lawyer and politician Philip (Champion de Crespigny) Champion Crespigny (1738-1803)
- Wikipedia entry on Sir Claude Champion de Crespigny, 3rd Baronet, first class cricketer Claude William Champion de Crespigny (1818-1868)
- Wikipedia entry on Frederick Champion de Crespigny, first class cricketer Frederick Philip Champion de Crespigny (1884-1947)
- Wikipedia entry on Claude Champion de Crespigny, polo player Claude Champion de Crespigny DSO (1873-1910)
- Wikipedia entry on C. T. C. de Crespigny, medical doctor, clinical pathologist, academic and hospital administrator Constantine Trent Champion de Crespigny (1882-1952)
- Wikipedia entry for Hugh Champion de Crespigny, Royal Flying Corps pilot and senior Royal Air Force officer Hugh Vivian Champion de Crespigny (1897-1969)
- Wikipedia entry on Rafe de Crespigny, sinologist (living on Wikitree) Rafe Champion de Crespigny
- Wikipedia entry on Richard de Crespigny, airline pilot and author (living)
- Wikipedia entry on Robert Champion de Crespigny, businessman (living)
- Wikipedia entry on Caroline de Crespigny, poet Caroline (Bathurst) Champion de Crespigny (1797-1861)
- Wikipedia entry on Rose Champion de Crespigny, author Annie Rose Charlotte (Key) Champion de Crespigny (1859-1935)
Nine of those with Wikipedia articles have profiles on Wikitree. Two will not be added as at present they are still living.
*To be added: Champion_de_Crespigny, Frederick John 12 December 1822 - Hill Hall, Essex, England 25 June 1887 - London https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Champion_de_Crespigny
There is also an article on the Champion de Crespigny baronets Wikipedia entry on Champion de Crespigny baronets
Wikipedia entry on Champion de Crespigny baronets There were eight baronets before the line became extinct. We have entries for
- Claude Champion de Crespigny (1734-1818)
- William Champion de Crespigny (1765-1829)
- Claude William Champion de Crespigny (1818-1868)
- Claude Champion de Crespigny (1847-1935)
- Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny (1878-1941)
- Henry Champion de Crespigny MC (1882-1946)
- Frederick Philip Champion de Crespigny (1884-1947)
- Vivian Tyrell Champion de Crespigny (1907-1952)
See also: Young, Anne. "Extinction of the De Crespigny Baronetcy." Anne's Family History, 10 Oct. 2017, https://anneyoungau.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/extinction-of-the-de-crespigny-baronetcy/
- Champion de Crespigny education - collecting information and sources about the education of family members
- Champion de Crespigny occupations - collecting information and sources about the occupations of family members
- Champion de Crespigny in the UK archives - review of mentions of the Crespigny family in the UK archives. There are 282 items in the UK National Archives and an additional 216 items in other archives listed on their catalogue. As this project grows there may be sub pages, eg for wills, Courts of Chancery proceedings, correspondence ...
From the 1690s family members used either Champion Crespigny or Champion de Crespigny as the surname. The "de" should not be capitalised. Although often using the short form of "de Crespigny", the last name at birth should be "Champion de Crespigny" in that case.
to review variations and make consistent.
- add missing profiles - gap is
82, 81 at 7 June, 80 at 8 June,79 at 9 June 2022 , 78 on 11 June, 77 on 12 June, 76 on 13 June, 75 on 15 June, 65 on 19 Aug 2022,50 on 20 August 2022 also excluding those who have recently died add : Champion_de_Crespigny, Frederick John 12 December 1822 - Hill Hall, Essex, England 25 June 1887 - London Wikipedia entry on Frederick Champion de Crespigny
add missing baronet
- Fill in tree back to Maheas: table 1 on page 42 and table on page 57 of Champions from Normandy. Have Richard Champion (abt.1590-1669) and need
Jean, Raoul, Antoine, Hebert, Michel, Jean, Richard, Maheas
- add to education and occupation research
- Monitor the Champion de Crespigny and Champion Crespigny Surnames Activity Feed.
- Monitor the Champion de Crespigny and Champion Crespigny Surnames dbErrors Feed
- add project sticker to profiles -as at 8 June 2022, 43 person profiles have been tagged
- Unconnected: Champion de Crespigny profiles and Champion Crespigny profiles - as at 8 June 2022 all are connected
- Unsourced profiles: report for unsourced for Champion (de) Crespigny - as at 8 June 2022 no unsourced profiles listed
- Crespigny dbErrors Feed - as at 8 June there are 42 suggestions or errors
- As at 12 February 2023 77 Champion de Crespigny's, 19 Champion Crespignys, 4 recorded on Wikitree (correctly) with last name at birth of Champion. 126 profiles associated with Category:Champion_de_Crespigny_Name_Study (includes wives). 41 profiles on my database of deceased profiles on my database yet to be added to Wikitree.
- As at 7 June 2022 I (Anne Young) have on my personal research tree at ancestry.com 47 people with last name at birth Champion Crespigny and 187 with surname Champion de Crespigny- the 187 include up to 83 living people, ie I don't have a death date (3 of these living people have a profile on Wikitree) - so there should be at least 152 profiles on Wikitree who are deceased and have the surname Champion de Crespigny or Champion Crespigny. Currently there are 65 deceased profiles with surname or surname variations and also 4 recorded on Wikitree (correctly) with last name at birth of Champion - gap is 82
- As of 24 May 2022
- About 62 Champion de Crespignys - https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CHAMPIONDECRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- About 7 Champion Crespignys - https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CHAMPIONCRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- Zero Crespigny https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- Zero de Crespignys amended https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=DECRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- As at 7 February 2021
- About 54 Champion de Crespignys - https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CHAMPIONDECRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- About 5 Champion Crespignys - https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CHAMPIONCRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- One Crespigny amended https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=CRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- 9 de Crespignys amended https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=DECRESPIGNY&cln=0&order=dobup&layout=table&u=
- ↑ Champions from Normandy pages 2-3
- ↑ Burke, Sir Bernard. "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time." Internet Archive, London : Harrison & sons, 1884, page 273
- de Crespigny, Rafe (2017). Champions from Normandy : An Essay on the Early History of the Champion de Crespigny Family 1350-1800 AD. Anne Young, Ballarat West
- can be read through https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2899050253/view .
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The Champion de Crespigny family of Normandy were Huguenot refugees who settled in England following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. This is the story of a long-lived but essentially minor family in France, just within the fringes of the gentry, whose lineage can be traced in the male line back to the mid-fourteenth century, who prospered from their Huguenot connection but acquired their greatest good fortune when they were forced into exile in England.
Champions from Normandy 2017 :PDF version available for download from https://ayfamilyhistory.com/champions-from-normandy/