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Where did the English Chaix family come from? What is the English Chaix family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chaix family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chaix family history?

The name Chaix is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who dominated as an exceptional huntsman which was derived from the Old English word chase which means to hunt.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chaix include Chase, Chases, Chasey, Chace, Chaces, Chacey, Chaise, Chaises and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaix research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1327 and 1393 are included under the topic Early Chaix History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chaix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Chase, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630; Aquilla Chase and his brother Thomas Chase, both born in Chesham in Buckinghamshire, England, between 1580 and 1585, they came to Hampton, then Newburyport, MA in the 1640s, and had many prominent descendants.

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The Chaix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chaix 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.

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