Chattaway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Chattaway family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Chitaway in Wiltshire. Some inhabitants of Chitaway adopted this area of location as a surname.

Early Origins of the Chattaway family

The surname Chattaway 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.

Early History of the Chattaway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chattaway research. Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1687, 1791, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Chattaway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chattaway Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chattaway include Chattaway, Chataway, Chadway, Chitway, Chadaway and others.

Early Notables of the Chattaway family (pre 1700)

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United States Chattaway migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chattaway or a variant listed above:

Chattaway Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dorothy A. Chattaway, aged 22, originally from Southampton, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Falmouth, England [1]
  • Charles G. Chattaway, aged 27, originally from Southampton, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Falmouth, England [2]
  • Dorothy Anne Chattaway, aged 24, originally from Leicester, England, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England [3]

New Zealand Chattaway migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chattaway Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Chattaway, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Chattaway (post 1700) +

  • Thurland Chattaway (1872-1947), American music composer, active from 1898 to 1912, best known for writing the words to the popular hit "Red Wing"
  • Jay Chattaway (b. 1946), American composer of film and television scores, known for his work on various Star Trek series
  • Edward Chattaway (1873-1956), English journalist, editor of The Star from 1930 to 1936




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