Chearslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chearslay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Chearsley, in the county of Buckingham just miles from Thames. The surname was originally derived from the variant Cerdiceleagh when translated means the meadow of Cerdic. This surname is one of the habitation names which form a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Chearslay family

The surname Chearslay was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Chearslay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chearslay research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1279, 1500, 1575 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Chearslay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chearslay 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 Chearslay family name include Charsley, Chearsley, Cherdesle, Chardesle, Chearsleye and many more.

Early Notables of the Chearslay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chearslay family

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 Chearslay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Garrett Cheesly, who came to Virginia in 1664; Charles Charslay, who settled in Ontario in 1871; and Thomas Cheasley, who settled in Ontario in 1871.

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