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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
- Jno 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
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
The Cheek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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.
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