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The ancestors of the name Chataway date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chataway family lived in the region of Chitaway in Wiltshire. Some inhabitants of Chitaway adopted this area of location as a surname.

Chataway Early Origins



The surname Chataway was first found in Wiltshire, where they have lived for many centuries. Bearers of the surname and branches of the family have since established themselves throughout England. During some of the major conflicts of times, they could be found in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.

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Chataway Early History


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Chataway Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chataway research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1791, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Chataway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chataway Spelling Variations


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Chataway Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Chataway are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chataway include: Chattaway, Chataway, Chadway, Chitway, Chadaway and others.

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Chataway Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chataway Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chataway or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chataway (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chataway (post 1700)



  • Sir Christopher John Chataway PC (1931-2014), British gold and silver medalist middle and long distance runner, television news broadcaster, and Conservative politician, recipient of the first BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

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