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Where did the English Chalk family come from? What is the English Chalk family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chalk family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chalk family history?The ancestry of the name Chalk can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a whitewasher. Medieval buildings weren't painted, for paint was very expensive in the Middle Ages. Instead, they were whitewashed; covered in a paint-like emulsion of lime. It served to protect the houses against water, as well as look better. However, it didn't last very long; houses needed to be whitewashed at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. A "chalker" was a professional whitewasher; the name was originally derived from the Old English word cealcian, which meant "to whiten."
Chalk has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Chalk, Chaulk, Chaulke, Chaulkey, Chalke, Chalker, Chalkley, Caulk and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chalk research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1624 is included under the topic Early Chalk History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Chalk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chalks to arrive on North American shores:
Chalk Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Chalk Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Chalk Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Chalk Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Chalk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chalk 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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