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Type Surname (from nickname)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Middle English and Old French words campion, champiun and champion all meaning "athlete" such as a wrestler or boxer; also "warrior hired to do battle in single combat on behalf of others" (from Late Latin campio genitive campionis a derivative of campus "plain field of battle"). The first sense is probably the more usual source of the surname.
Added 11/2/2014 by hkols
Edited 10/18/2023 by Felie, Paradiso36, Frollein Gladys and more