name Chatwin comes from when the family resided in Salop (now Shropshire) where they derived their family name from the parish of Chetwynde. The place-name is derived from the Old English compound word which means "dweller at the winding ascent." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Chatwin family
The surname Chatwin was first found in Shropshire
at Chetwynd, a rural civil parish just to the north of Newport. The original Chetwynd manor dates back to Saxon times and was held by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, about 1050. While there is no doubt of the family's Saxon heritage, we must consider the Norman "Chetwynd or De Verlai, from Verlai, Normandy." Continuing, "in 1086, Turold de Verlai held thirteen lordships in Salop from Earl Roger, of which Chetwynd appears to have been the chief. Robert his son was a Baron temp.
Henry I., and before 1121 witnessed a charter in favour of Salop Abbey." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Chatwin family
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Chatwin 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 Chatwin include Chetwynd, Chetwyn, Chetwynde, Chetwin, Chitwyn and others.
Early Notables of the Chatwin family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Walter Chetwynd (died 1638), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme (1584-1586); Walter Chetwynd FRS
(1633-1693), of Ingestre Hall, an English antiquary and politician; and John Chetwynd (1643-1702), an English politician from Rudge, Shropshire
, Member of Parliament for Stafford from... Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chatwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chatwin family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chatwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Chatwin, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
- Martha Chatwin, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
- William Henry Chatwin, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
- Arthur Chatwin, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
- Stephen Chatwin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872
Contemporary Notables of the name Chatwin (post 1700)
- Charles Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989), English writer and traveler, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill (1982), his novel Utz (1988) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
The Chatwin 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: Probitas verus honos
Motto Translation: Probity is true honor.