The ancestors of the name Chearsleye date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Chearsleye family 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 Chearsleye family
The surname Chearsleye was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chearsleye family
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Chearsleye Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Chearsleye are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chearsleye include: Charsley, Chearsley, Cherdesle, Chardesle, Chearsleye and many more.
Early Notables of the Chearsleye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chearsleye family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chearsleye or a variant listed above: 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.