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The ancient roots of the Charnock family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Charnock comes from when the family lived in Charnock. It was established there in a pair of townships in Standish in the county of Lancashire. This surname is derived from the Old English Charnok which means one who lives beside the pile of stones. Often times this pile of stones served a primitive marker to establish borders for villages or counties.

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The surname Charnock was first found in Lancashire 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.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Charnock has appeared include Chernock, Charnock, Chernick, Chernocke and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charnock research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1581, 1588, 1645, 1614, 1587, 1648, 1624, 1628, 1680, 1630, 1693, 1656, 1690, 1663, 1696, 1696, 1670 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Charnock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Charnock (c.1526-1581), an English alchemist and occultist who devoted his life to the quest for the Philosopher's Stone; Roger Charnock (1588-1645), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newton in 1614; Thomas Charnock (1587-1648), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newton in 1624...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charnock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Charnock arrived in North America very early:

Charnock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • An Charnock, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Charnock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Charnock, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Captain John Charnock of Bedford, who settled in Boston in 1710
  • Mary Charnock, who settled in Georgia in 1732
  • Thomas Charnock, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774

Charnock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Charnock, aged 35, landed in New York in 1812

Charnock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Charnock, aged 23, who landed in America from Waterloo, England, in 1907
  • Ethel Charnock, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Warrington, England, in 1911
  • John Charnock, aged 71, who emigrated to the United States from Bolton, England, in 1919
  • Eliza Charnock, aged 26, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • Elizabeth E. Charnock, aged 29, who landed in America from Accrington, England, in 1921
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  • John N. Charnock Jr. (b. 1929), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1957-58; Defeated, 1958, 1960
  • John H. Charnock, American Republican politician, Adjutant General of West Virginia, 1921-25
  • Lewis Charnock (b. 1994), English rugby league player
  • Philip Anthony "Phil" Charnock (b. 1975), English professional footballer
  • Mark Charnock (b. 1968), English actor, best known for his twenty year performance as Marlon Dingle, in ITV's Emmerdale
  • Kieran Charnock (b. 1984), English footballer who has played professionally since 2001, member of the England C National Team (2005-2007)
  • Lindsay Charnock (1955-2015), English flat racing jockey
  • Henry Charnock CBE FRS (1920-1997), British meteorologist
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    Other References

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