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Where did the English Cheatham family come from? What is the English Cheatham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cheatham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cheatham family history?

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.


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.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheatham research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheatham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheatham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cheatham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Cheatham (1820-1886), Tennessee aristocrat, California gold miner, and a General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Adolphus Anthony "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997), American jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader
  • Maree Cheatham (b. 1942), American daytime serial actress
  • Katherine "Kitty" Cheatham (1864-1946), American singer and actress
  • Jimmy Cheatham (1924-2007), American jazz trombonist and teacher


  • Descendants of Thomas Cheatham of Chesterfield County, Virginia by Lucille Cheatham Mosely.

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


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The Cheatham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cheatham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 March 2015 at 10:27.

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