The present generation of the Chatbirn family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Chatburn
in the county of Lancashire
. Thus, Chatbirn is a member of the class of habitation
surnames, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Chatbirn family
The surname Chatbirn was first found in Lancashire
at Chatburn, a district chapelry and a township, in the parish of Whalley. This township is situated on the Ribble river and takes its name from one of the most distinguished characters of that time, St Chad (d. 672) a prominent 7th century Anglo-Saxon
churchman and abbot of several monasteries; Bishop of the Northumbrians; and later Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People. The township has remained relatively small through the ages as by the end of the 19th century it had only 500 inhabitants.
Early History of the Chatbirn family
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Chatbirn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Chatbirn include Chadbourne, Chadborn, Chadbourn, Chadburn and many more.
Early Notables of the Chatbirn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chatbirn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Chatbirn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William and Humphrey Chadborn who settled in New Hampshire
in 1630; both of these gentlemen spelled their name with 'bourne' and 'burne' in addition to many registrations in 'born'. C. Chadburn arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1850..