Charslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Charslay comes from when the family resided in the village of Chearsley, in the county of Buckingham just miles from Thames. The surname was originally derived from the variant Cerdiceleagh when translated means the meadow of Cerdic. This surname is one of the habitation names which form a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Charslay family

The surname Charslay was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Charslay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charslay research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1279, 1500, 1575 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Charslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charslay 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. Charslay has been recorded under many different variations, including Charsley, Chearsley, Cherdesle, Chardesle, Chearsleye and many more.

Early Notables of the Charslay family (pre 1700)

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Charslay migration to Canada

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 Charslay or a variant listed above:

Charslay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Charslay, who settled in Ontario in 1871
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