Origins Available: English
The present generation of the Chatherton 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 Chadderton,
which had two locations. The first in the parish of Oldham in the county of Lancashire
, the second, a township in the parish of Healaugh in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name is derived from the Latin word Cathedra,
which means the place by the hill.
Early Origins of the Chatherton family
The surname Chatherton was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. In the 13th century, a Richard de Trafford gave lands of the name Chadderton to his son Geoffrey (circa 1235-1332,) who adopted the name of the estate, becoming Geoffrey de Chadderton. Possesion of the manor left the family when Margery, a daughter and heir of Chadderton Manor, married a John de Radcliffe in circa 1367. Today, Chatterton is a small village in the southern part of the Rossendale Valley.
Early History of the Chatherton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chatherton research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1640, 1584, 1591, 1752, 1760, 1770 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Chatherton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chatherton 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 Chatherton include Chatterton, Chadderton, Chatherton, Chaderton and others.
Early Notables of the Chatherton family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Chaderton (c.1536-1640), Puritan divine, first master of Emmanuel College in 1584, who was among the translators of the King James Version of the Bible; James Assheton of Chadderton, Esquire, High Sheriff
in 1591; and Thomas... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chatherton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chatherton family to Ireland
Some of the Chatherton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chatherton 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 Chatherton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Chatherton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Chatherton who settled in New Hampshire in 1630
The Chatherton 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: Loyal a Mort
Motto Translation: Loyal unto death