Cheatham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Cheatham begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Cheetham, in the county of Lancashire. It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Cheatham family
The surname Cheatham was first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford.  Now part of Greater Manchester, Cheetham dates back to the late 12th century and literally meant "homestead or village by the wood called Chet," from the Celtic word "ced" meaning "forest" and the Old English word "ham."  The ancient archeological site Cheetham Close, a megalithic site and scheduled ancient monument is nearby and is generally thought to have been a druidical ritual place with a Roman road passed 'within two hundred yards' of the megalith. As far as the surname is concerned, one of the first records was Geoffrey de Chetham who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. Over one hundred years later, Thomas de Cheteham was listed in Lancashire in 1394.  Another branch of the family was found at Allerton in Lancashire. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, three thanes held 'Alretune;' which was in the possession of Geoffrey de Chetham in the reign of Henry III." 
Early History of the Cheatham family
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Cheatham Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cheatham has undergone many spelling variations, including Chetham, Cheetham, Cheetam, Cheetum and others.
Early Notables of the Cheatham family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edward Chetham; and Colonel John Chetham of Southhill House in Somerset, from a branch of the Derbyshire family.
Humphrey Chetham, (1580-1653), was founder of the Chetham Hospital and Library, fifth son of Henry Chetham of Crumpsall Hall, near Mandiester, a prosperous merchant of that town. He was baptised at the collegiate church of Manchester on 10 July 1580. He received his education at the Manchester grammar school under Dr. Thomas Cogan. "For several years before his death he had 'taken up and maintained' twenty-two poor boys of Manchester, Salford, and Droylsden; and...
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Migration of the Cheatham family to Ireland
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Cheatham migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cheatham were among those contributors:
Cheatham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James C Cheatham, who arrived in Texas in 1835 
- Henry Cheatham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- Isaac Cheatham, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Devonia" from Glasgow, Scotland 
Cheatham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. R. Cheatham, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" from Cherbourg, France 
- William Cheatham, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "E. L. Doheny III" from Tuxpam, Mexico 
- William B. Cheatham, aged 67, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal, C.Z. 
Contemporary Notables of the name Cheatham (post 1700) +
- Jimmy Cheatham (1924-2007), American jazz trombonist and teacher
- Katherine "Kitty" Cheatham (1864-1946), American singer and actress
- Maree Cheatham (b. 1942), American daytime serial actress
- Adolphus Anthony "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997), American jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader
- Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Cheatham (1820-1886), Tennessee aristocrat, California gold miner, and a General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
- Henry Plummer Cheatham (1857-1935), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina 2nd District, 1889-93; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904 
- George F. II Cheatham, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996 
- Edward Saunders Cheatham (1818-1878), American politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1853-55; Member of Tennessee State Senate, 1855-57, 1861-63 
- Boyd M. Cheatham, American politician, Member of Tennessee State Legislature 
- B. F. Cheatham (1821-1886), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, 1857 
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The Cheatham Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quod tuum tenne
Motto Translation: Hold what is yours
Suggested Readings for the name Cheatham +
- 2413 "Descendants of Thomas Cheatham of Chesterfield County, Virginia" by Lucille Cheatham Mosely.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y8-DM5 : 6 December 2014), Isaac Cheatham, 26 Sep 1893; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Devonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4H-VP6 : 6 December 2014), Mrs. R. Cheatham, 24 Oct 1905; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C7-VP5 : 6 December 2014), William Cheatham, 18 Sep 1920; citing departure port Tuxpam, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name E. L. Doheny III, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FB-C2Z : 6 December 2014), William B. Cheatham, 21 Jan 1920; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html