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Chadderton is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chadderton family once lived in Chadderton, or Catterton which had two locations. The first in the parish of Oldham in the county of Lancashire, the second, a township in the parish of Healaugh in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place-name is derived from the Latin word Cathedra, which means the place by the hill.

Early Origins of the Chadderton family


The surname Chadderton was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. In the 13th century, a Richard de Trafford gave lands of the name Chadderton to his son Geoffrey (circa 1235-1332,) who adopted the name of the estate, becoming Geoffrey de Chadderton. Possesion of the manor left the family when Margery, a daughter and heir of Chadderton Manor, married a John de Radcliffe in circa 1367. Today, Chatterton is a small village in the southern part of the Rossendale Valley.

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Early History of the Chadderton family

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Early History of the Chadderton family


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Chadderton Spelling Variations

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Chadderton Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chadderton family name include Chatterton, Chadderton, Chatherton, Chaderton and others.

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Early Notables of the Chadderton family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Chadderton family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Chaderton (c.1536-1640), Puritan divine, first master of Emmanuel College in 1584, who was among the translators of the King James Version of the Bible; James Assheton of Chadderton, Esquire, High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1591; and Thomas...
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Migration of the Chadderton family to Ireland

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Migration of the Chadderton family to Ireland


Some of the Chadderton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Chadderton family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Chadderton family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chadderton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Chadderton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • N. Chadderton who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chadderton (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chadderton (post 1700)


  • Hugh Clifford "Cliff" Chadderton CC OOnt (1919-2013), Canadian World War II veteran and Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps (1965-2013)

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The Chadderton Motto

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The Chadderton Motto


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: Loyal a Mort
Motto Translation: Loyal unto death


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