The ancestors of the bearers of the Cheeck family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Cheeck family
The surname Cheeck was first found in Suffolk
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 Cheeck family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheeck research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1557, 1659, 1604, 1653 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Cheeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cheeck 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 Cheeck include Cheek, Cheeke, Cheeks, Cheke, Chick, Chicke and others.
Early Notables of the Cheeck family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Cheek (1514-1557) English humanist, and supporter of the Reformation; and Sir Thomas Cheek or Cheke (died 1659), an English politician who sat in the... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cheeck family to the New World and Oceana
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 Cheeck or a variant listed above: 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..