Early Origins of the Chedar family
The surname Chedar was first found in Somerset
where Cheddar is a large village and civil parish in the Sedgemoor district. Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, the Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found here in 1903. During the Saxon period, a royal palace was located here. By the 10th century it was a three-time host to the Witenagemot. Cheddar was first listed as Ceodre c. 880. And by the Domesday Book
it had evolved to Ceder, meaning "Shear Water", and from the Old English scear and Celtic dwr. Alternatively it could have been derived from the Old English "ceodor" which meant "ravine" as reference to the Cheddar Gorge. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
As early as 1130 AD, the Cheddar Gorge was recognized as one of the "Four Wonders of England".
Early History of the Chedar family
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Chedar Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Chedar has been recorded under many different variations, including Chedder, Chadder, Cheder, Cheddre, Cheddar, Chader, Chetter and many more.
Early Notables of the Chedar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chedar family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chedar or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..