Cheadle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cheadle is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Cheadle family once lived in or near either of the settlements called Cheadle in the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire. Cheetle is a "parish, in the union of Wimborne and Cranborne, hundred of Moncktonup-Wimborne, Wimborne division of Dorset." [1]

Cheadle belongs to the class of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Cheadle family

The surname Cheadle was first found in Cheshire at Cheadle, a parish, partly in the union of Stockport, and partly in that of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield. "The village, situated near the Mersey, is remarkable for the beauty and salubrity of its situation, and its neat appearance." [1]

In Staffordshire, Cheadle is a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the S. division of the hundred of Totmonslow. [1]

Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time. Hobbe de Chedel was found at Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1297; Agnes de Chedle in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1356; John Chetel was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379; Wilson Chetill in Dorset in 1546; and William Chettle in Somerset in 1641. [2]

"There is a Dorset parish [named Cheetle]; and an ancient family of Chettle held property in Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, during the 16th and 17th centuries." [3]

Early History of the Cheadle family

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Cheadle Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cheadle family name include Cheadle, Chedel, Cheade, Cheatle, Cheddle, Cheatley, Chedle, Chettle and many more.

Early Notables of the Cheadle family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Chettle (d. 1607?), English dramatist and pamphleteer, son of Robert Chettle, a dyer of London. "Chettle first comes...
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United States Cheadle migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cheadle surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Cheadle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margaret and William Cheadle, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Cheadle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter P. Cheadle, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1894
Cheadle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edwin Cheadle, aged 30, who arrived in America from Manchester, England, in 1915
  • Thomas Stanley Cheadle, aged 31, who arrived in America from Adelaide, Australia, in 1918
  • John Cheadle, aged 64, who arrived in America from Dudley, England, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Cheadle (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Bonaparte Cheadle (1842-1904), U.S. Representative from Indiana
  • David Baird Cheadle Jr. (1952-2012), American Major League Baseball player who played for the Atlanta Braves in 1973
  • Vernon Irving Cheadle (1910-1995), American educator and university administrator, 2nd Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara (1962-1977)
  • Rial Cheadle, American abolitionist, a prominent conductor in the Ohio Underground Railroad
  • Brigadier-General Henry Barlow Cheadle (1891-1959), American Chairman of War Department Manpower Board San Francisco, California (1946-1947) [4]
  • Donald Franck "Don" Cheadle (b. 1964), American multiple-time Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor, known for his roles in Crash (2004), Iron Man 3 (2013), and Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Ralph T. Cheadle, American politician, Mayor of Frankfort, Indiana, 1950-51 [5]
  • Joseph Bonaparte Cheadle (1842-1904), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1887-91 [5]
  • E. K. Cheadle Jr. (b. 1895), American Republican politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1927; Montana Republican State Chair, 1936-40; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1940 [5]
  • Asa Cheadle, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 17th District, 1861 [5]
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HMS Hood
  • Mr. Henry J Cheadle (b. 1916), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Stanwick, Northampton, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [6]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Henry Cheadle. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cheadle/Henry_Barlow/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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