Chearsley is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chearsley family once 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 Chearsley family
The surname Chearsley was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chearsley family
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Chearsley 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 Chearsley family name include Charsley, Chearsley, Cherdesle, Chardesle, Chearsleye and many more.
Early Notables of the Chearsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chearsley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Chearsley 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.