Anglo-Saxon name Chee comes from when the family resided in or near either of the settlements called Cheadle in the counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire. Chee belongs to the class of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Chee family
Cheshire 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 Chee family
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Chee Spelling Variations
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. Chee has been recorded under many different variations, including Cheadle, Chedel, Cheade, Cheatle, Cheddle, Cheatley, Chedle, Chettle and many more.
Early Notables of the Chee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chee 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 Chee or a variant listed above: Margaret and William Cheadle settled in Virginia in 1663; Ann Cheade also settled in Virginia in that year, probably the daughter.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chee (post 1700)
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