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

The name Cheatwood is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in or near the settlement of Chetwood in the county of Buckinghamshire. The Cheatwood family is said to have resided there for at least 26 generations. The surname Cheatwood belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cheatwood are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cheatwood include: Chetwode, Chetwood, Chetwoode, Chitwood, Chitwode and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheatwood research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cheatwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Cheatwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cheatwood or a variant listed above: Marie Chittwood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; John Chitwood settled in Barbados in 1694; William Chitwood settled in Virginia in 1636.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Corona mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my crown.

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