Cesterfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Cesterfield comes from when the family resided in Chesterfield, Derbyshire a market town which received its charter in the year 1204 from King John. "This place, from its Saxon name Ceaster, appears to have been a Roman station; its Roman name is said to have been Lutudarum; and there is reason to suppose that in Roman times it was an emporium of the mining districts of Derbyshire. At the period of the Norman survey it was called Cestrefeld, and was only a bailiwick to Newbold, the latter being now a small hamlet in the parish; but within a century from the Conquest, it seems to have risen into such importance as to have obtained from King John, who conferred it upon William de Briwere, a charter of incorporation, with the privilege of two markets and a fair. " [1]

Early Origins of the Cesterfield family

The surname Cesterfield was first found in Derbyshire, at Chesterfield, a parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Scarsdale.

"The ancient and distinguished Chesterfield family of the Heathcotes, who have received more than one baronetcy, have held property in that locality since the reign of Edward IV." [2]

As a surname, the name is rare as the only entry in various rolls was that of Robertus de Chesterfield and Agnes de Chasturfeld who both appeared in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [3]

Early History of the Cesterfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cesterfield research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1340, 1379, 1500, 1451, 1452, 1428, 1431 and 1449 are included under the topic Early Cesterfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cesterfield Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cesterfield has been recorded under many different variations, including Chesterfield, Chasturfeld, Cestrefeld and others.

Early Notables of the Cesterfield family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Chesterfield (d. 1451 or 1452), Canon of Lichfield and author of a chronicle of the bishops of Coventry and Lichfield. On 31 Oct. 1428...
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Migration of the Cesterfield family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cesterfield or a variant listed above: Henry Chesterfield who arrived in New York in 1854.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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