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The Anglo-Saxon name Chatham comes from when the family resided in Cheetham, in the county of Lancashire. It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived.

Chatham Early Origins



The surname Chatham was first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Now part of Greater Manchester, Cheetham dates back to the late 12th century and literally meant "homestead or village by the wood called Chet," from the Celtic word "ced" meaning "forest" and the Old English word "ham." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The ancient archeological site Cheetham Close, a megalithic site and scheduled ancient monument is nearby and is generally thought to have been a druidical ritual place with a Roman road passed 'within two hundred yards' of the megalith. As far as the surname is concerned, one of the first records was Geoffrey de Chetham who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. Over one hundred years later, Thomas de Cheteham was listed in Lancashire in 1394. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another branch of the family was found at Allerton in Lancashire. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, three thanes held 'Alretune;' which was in the possession of Geoffrey de Chetham in the reign of Henry III." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Chatham Spelling Variations


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Chatham Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chatham include Chetham, Cheetham, Cheetam, Cheetum and others.

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Chatham Early History


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Chatham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chatham research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chatham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chatham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chatham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chatham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chatham In Ireland


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Chatham In Ireland



Some of the Chatham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Chatham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Chatham, who arrived in Maryland in 1658

Chatham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R F Chatham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Anne Chatham, aged 23, who emigrated to America from England, in 1892
  • John G. Chatham, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Lincoln, in 1892
  • Mrs. Chatham, aged 25, who landed in America from Lincoln, in 1892
  • Margt. Chatham, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894

Chatham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Chatham, aged 47, who landed in America from Edinburgh, in 1903
  • Wilfred Chatham, aged 6, who settled in America from Gateshead, England, in 1904
  • Fanny Chatham, aged 32, who landed in America from Gateshead, England, in 1904
  • Ester Chatham, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • S Chatham, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chatham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Maud E. Chatham, aged 42, who settled in Edmonton, Canada, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chatham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chatham (post 1700)



  • Charles Lorenzo Chatham (1901-1975), former Major League Baseball infielder
  • Richard Thurmond Chatham (1896-1957), American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, an industrialist and philanthropist
  • Russell Chatham (b. 1939), contemporary American landscape artist
  • Matt Chatham (b. 1977), American football linebacker
  • Rhys Chatham (b. 1952), American composer, guitarist, and trumpet player
  • Richard Thurmond Chatham (1896-1957), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 5th District, 1949-57
  • Hugh G. Chatham, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 26th District, 1915-16
  • Gerald Chatham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1940

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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: Quod tuum tenne
Motto Translation: Hold what is yours


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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Chatham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chatham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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