from ancient times and take their name from the hamlet of Cheal, three miles from Donington.
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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 Cheal include Cheales, Cheals, Cheal, Cheel, Chele, Cheles, Cheyle, Cheyles and many more.
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 Cheal or a variant listed above:
Cheal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benjamin and Elizabeth Cheal, who both arrived in New York, NY in 1821
- Henry Cheal and William Cheal, who were naturalized in Oakland County, Michigan in 1856
- Wm. Cheal, aged 15, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
Cheal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nancy Cheal, aged 22, who settled in America from Lowfield Heath, England, in 1903
- Caroline Cheal, aged 23, who settled in America from Lowfield Heath, England, in 1903
- James Cheal, aged 64, who emigrated to America from W. Crawley, England, in 1907
- Albert Cheal, aged 14, who landed in America from W. Crawley, England, in 1907
- Betsey Cheal, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from W. Crawley, England, in 1907
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