In Scottish history, few names go farther back than Chappes, whose ancestors lived among the clans of the Pictish tribe. They lived in Stirling
(now part of the modern region of Central), where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Chappes family
The surname Chappes was first found in Stirlingshire, 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.
Early History of the Chappes family
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Chappes Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Chappes has been spelled Cheap, Cheaps, Cheape, Chaip, Chaipe and others.
Early Notables of the Chappes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chappes family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Chappes: Patrick Cheap who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1712.
The Chappes 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: Ditat virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue enriches.
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