Chedgy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Chedgy family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the parish of Chedzoy, near Bridgewater in the county of Somerset. Alternatively, the name could have originated in "Chevtsey, a town in Surrey, England, near the Thames, pronounced by the natives, Chedsey, meaning 'Cerot's Island.'" [1]

Early Origins of the Chedgy family

The surname Chedgy was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Chedgy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chedgy research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1349, 1369, 1574, 1778, 1510, 1574, 1528 and 1531 are included under the topic Early Chedgy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chedgy Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chedgy include Chedzoy, Chedzey, Chidzoy, Chedgey, Chedsey, Chidgey, Chidsey, Chedesy and many more.

Early Notables of the Chedgy family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Chedsey or Cheadsey (1510?-1574?), English divine, a native of Somersetshire. "He was admitted a scholar of Corpus Christi...
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Migration of the Chedgy family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chedgy or a variant listed above: John Chedsey who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1644.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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