Show ContentsCheech History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Cheech family have grown. The name Cheech was given to a member of the family who was a 'chick' or one with a prominent jaw. [1] [2] One source notes that while this etymology is the more typical understanding of the name, we should consider that it may have been a Norman name originally as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae notes that "William Cecus occurs in Normandy 1198." [3]

Early Origins of the Cheech family

The surname Cheech was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which included: Walter Chike, Oxfordshire. [4] Over in Somerset, Thomas Chike was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III.) [5]

Early History of the Cheech family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheech research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1557, 1586, 1601, 1514, 1557, 1548, 1586, 1659, 1604, 1653, 1658, 1613, 1592 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Cheech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cheech Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cheech family name include Cheek, Cheeke, Cheeks, Cheke, Chick, Chicke and others.

Early Notables of the Cheech family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Cheek (1514-1557) English humanist, Secretary of State, tutor to Edward VI and supporter of the Reformation. His son, Henry Cheke (1548?-1586?), was an English translator Sir Thomas Cheek or Cheke (died 1659), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons (1604-1653)...
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Migration of the Cheech family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cheech surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Phillip Cheeke who settled in Barbados in 1685; Henry Cheeke settled in Philadelphia in 1823; John Cheeke arrived in New York in 1823; George Cheek settled in Potomac Maryland in 1742..

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. on Facebook