The history of the Chatword family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in London, where their name is derived from the place-name Chatworth, now lost. Before this, the name is derived from the Old English personal name
Ceatta, with the suffix -worth, which means enclosure or farm. Combined, the name Chatworth meant "Ceatta's farm."
Early Origins of the Chatword family
The surname Chatword was first found in London where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chatword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chatword research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1401, 1430, 1507, 1458, 1st , 1568, 1639, 1621, 1622, 1605, 1644, 1635 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Chatword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chatword 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 Chatword include Chadworth, Chatworth, Chaworth, Shadworth and others.
Early Notables of the Chatword family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Joan Chaworth (1430-1507), the heiress of Alfreton, married in 1458 to John Ormond; George Chaworth, 1st Viscount Chaworth of Armagh (c.1568-1639)... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chatword Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chatword family to the New World and Oceana
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 Chatword or a variant listed above: Thomas Chadworth who settled in Virginia in 1643; John Shadworth settled in New England