The ancestors of the name Cheeley date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Cheeley family lived in the hamlet of Cheal, in the parish of Gosberton, in the county of Lincolnshire.
Early Origins of the Cheeley family
The surname Cheeley was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cheeley family
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Cheeley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cheeley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cheeley include: Chely, Chelley, Chealey, Cheales, Cheals, Cheeley, Cheal, Cheel, Chele, Cheles, Cheyle, Cheyles and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheeley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheeley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cheeley or a variant listed above: John Cheley, who settled in Ontario in 1871; and William John Cheley, who settled in Colorado in 1905.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cheeley (post 1700)
- Joseph Elbert Cheeley, prominent American judge