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

Chickering is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with the characteristics of a chicken. From the Old English word cicen, for chicken.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chickering were recorded, including Chickin, Chiken, Chikin, Chicken, Chickerin and others.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chickering research. Another 407 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1212, 1273, 1500, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Chickering History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chickering family emigrate to North America:

Chickering Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Francis Chickering, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Henry Chickering, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1641

Chickering Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • H Chickering, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Brigadier-General William Elbridge Chickering (1895-1959), American Director of Army Postal Service (1943-1946)
  • Arthur Merton Chickering (1887-1974), American arachnologist who described 14 genera and 342 species
  • Elmer Chickering (1857-1915), American portrait photographer in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jonas Chickering (1798-1853), American piano manufacturer in Boston, Massachusetts, founder of Chickering and Sons
  • Roger Chickering, American historian of the German Empire and World War I


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