The ancestors of the Check surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Check family
The surname Check was first found in Suffolk
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.
Early History of the Check family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Check research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1557, 1659, 1604, 1653 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Check History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Check Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Check include Cheek, Cheeke, Cheeks, Cheke, Chick, Chicke and others.
Early Notables of the Check family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Cheek (1514-1557) English humanist, and supporter of the Reformation; and Sir Thomas Cheek or Cheke (died 1659), an English politician who sat in the... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Check Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Check family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Phillip Cheeke who settled in Barbados in 1685; Henry Cheeke settled in Philadelphia in 1823; John Cheeke arrived in New York in 1823; George Cheek settled in Potomac Maryland in 1742..
Contemporary Notables of the name Check (post 1700)
- Leonard J. Check, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 9 ½ aerial victories