Early Origins of the Cheddre family
The surname Cheddre 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 Cheddre family
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Cheddre 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 Cheddre 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cheddre include: Chedder, Chadder, Cheder, Cheddre, Cheddar, Chader, Chetter and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheddre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheddre 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 Cheddre 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..