Chatman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Chatman surname lived in Cheetham, in the county of Lancashire. It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Chatman family
The surname Chatman was first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford.  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."  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.  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." 
Early History of the Chatman family
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Chatman 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 Chatman 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 Chatman include: Chetham, Cheetham, Cheetam, Cheetum and others.
Early Notables of the Chatman family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edward Chetham; and Colonel John Chetham of Southhill House in Somerset, from a branch of the Derbyshire family.
Humphrey Chetham, (1580-1653), was founder of the Chetham Hospital and Library, fifth son of Henry Chetham of Crumpsall Hall, near Mandiester, a prosperous merchant of that town. He was baptised at the collegiate church of Manchester on 10 July 1580. He received his education at the Manchester grammar school under Dr. Thomas Cogan. "For several years before his death he had 'taken up and maintained' twenty-two poor boys of Manchester, Salford, and Droylsden; and...
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Migration of the Chatman family to Ireland
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Chatman migration to the United States +
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 Chatman or a variant listed above:
Chatman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Valentine Chatman, aged 29, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 
Chatman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Florence Chatman, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1903
- George Chatman, aged 42, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1903
- Mathiar Chatman, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1906
- Sarah Chatman, who arrived in America, in 1908
- Victor Chatman, aged 38, who arrived in America from Paris, France, in 1912
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Chatman migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chatman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Janet Chatman, aged 26, who arrived in Kings Cove, Newfoundland, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Chatman (post 1700) +
- Lawrence Chatman, American reggae vocalist and electronic music producer, better known as DJ Collage or Mista Chatman
- Charles Chatman (b. 1961), American who served 26 years in prison due to a wrongful conviction; he was exonerated by DNA testing
- Clifford D. Chatman (b. 1959), former American NFL football fullback who played in 1982 for the New York Giants
- Stephen Chatman (b. 1950), American-born, Canadian composer residing in Vancouver
- Mire De Juan Chatman (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
- Vernon Chatman (b. 1972), American television producer, writer, voice actor, stand-up comedian, musician
- John Len Chatman (1915-1998), also known as Peter Chatman, American blues pianist, singer, and composer, better known as Memphis Slim
- Seymour Chatman (b. 1928), American film and literary critic, professor emeritus of rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley
- Dana "Pokey" Chatman (b. 1969), American former head coach of the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team
- Jesse Percee Chatman (b. 1979), American football running back
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The Chatman 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
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)