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The ancient roots of the Cheek family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Cheek comes from when the family lived in Suffolk.


The surname Cheek 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.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Cheek has appeared include Cheek, Cheeke, Cheeks, Cheke, Chick, Chicke and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheek research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1557, 1659, 1604, 1653 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Cheek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Cheek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cheek arrived in North America very early:

Cheek Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Cheek, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • John Cheek, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Cheek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Cheek settled in Potomac Maryland in 1742

Cheek Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Cheek arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849

  • Stephen A. Cheek (b. 1950), American author
  • Louis Ray Cheek Jr. (b. 1964), former American football offensive lineman
  • Harry Gordon Cheek (1879-1927), American Major League Baseball player
  • Joy Cheek (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Savage" Rick Cheek (b. 1977), American Super Heavyweight kickboxer and mixed martial artist
  • Molly Cheek (b. 1950), American actress
  • Chris Cheek (b. 1968), American jazz saxophonist
  • Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheek (b. 1956), retired American professional basketball player
  • Thomas F. Cheek (1939-2005), American sportscaster
  • William Joseph "Joey" Cheek (b. 1979), American Olympic speed skater
  • ...

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    Other References

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    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Cheek Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Cheek Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 2 June 2016 at 14:45.

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