Chedzoy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chedzoy has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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 Chedzoy family

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

Early History of the Chedzoy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chedzoy 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 Chedzoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chedzoy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chedzoy have been found, including Chedzoy, Chedzey, Chidzoy, Chedgey, Chedsey, Chidgey, Chidsey, Chedesy and many more.

Early Notables of the Chedzoy 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 Chedzoy family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Chedzoy, 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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