Chariton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chariton came to England with the ancestors of the Chariton family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chariton family lived in Bedfordshire, at Charrington Hall.

Early Origins of the Chariton family

The surname Chariton was first found in Bedfordshire. However, Cherington is a parish, in the union of Tetbury, hundred of Longtree, in Gloucestershire [1] and there is another Cherington found in Warwickshire. Of the two, the parish in Gloucestershire is the oldest as that one dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Cerintone. The Warwickshire parish dates back to 1199 when it was listed as Chiriton. Both meant "village with a church" from the Old English words "cirice" + "tun." [2]

Early History of the Chariton family

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Chariton Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Charrington, Charington, Chariton and others.

Early Notables of the Chariton family (pre 1700)

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United States Chariton migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chariton or a variant listed above:

Chariton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Chariton, who settled in New England in 1758

Contemporary Notables of the name Chariton (post 1700) +

  • Shannon B. Chariton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1936; Iowa Republican State Chair, 1941 [3]
  • Chariton Arnold "Arnie" Ferrin Jr. (1925-2008), American NBA basketball player, executive, and college athletics administrator, inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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