Cheesebrough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cheesebrough is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Cheshire, a county in the northwest of England on the border with Wales. It is from the name of the county that the family name is derived. The name meant "a dweller in a town in Cheshire." This is because the suffix -borough indicated residence in a town.

However, one source disagrees. Reaney claims the name is from Cheeseburn, Northumberland, originally known as Cheseburgh in 1286. [1] Today Cheeseburn Grange survives near Stamfordham, Northumberland (Newcastle upon Tyne) and was the traditional home of the Widdringtons.

Early Origins of the Cheesebrough family

The surname Cheesebrough was first found in Lincolnshire 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 Cheesebrough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheesebrough research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1611, 1594, 1667, 1649, 1430, 1427 and 1431 are included under the topic Early Cheesebrough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cheesebrough Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cheesebrough has been spelled many different ways, including Chesbrough, Cheesebourgh, Cheesbrough, Cheseborough, Chesebrough and many more.

Early Notables of the Cheesebrough family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: David Cherbury or Chirbury (fl. 1430), Bishop of Dromore, a Carmelite friar, possibly a member of the Oxford house of his order, since he is recorded to have built its library. "He was made Bishop of Dromore, probably in 1427, but he must have...
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United States Cheesebrough migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cheesebroughs to arrive in North America:

Cheesebrough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cheesebrough, from Lincolnshire, who sailed sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, he is found in Boston and Rehoboth. [2]
  • Mrs. Anne Cheesebrough, from Lincolnshire, who sailed sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, he is found in Boston and Rehoboth. [2]
  • Miss Sarah Cheesebrough, from Lincolnshire, who sailed sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, he is found in Boston and Rehoboth. [2]
  • Peter Cheesebrough, from Lincolnshire, who sailed sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, he is found in Boston and Rehoboth. [2]
  • Samuel Cheesebrough, from Lincolnshire, who sailed sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, he is found in Boston and Rehoboth. [2]
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Cheesebrough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R.M. Cheesebrough, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1895
Cheesebrough Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Cheesebrough, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1901
  • Emma Cheesebrough, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1901
  • Robert A. Cheesebrough, aged 74, who landed in America, in 1911
  • G.E. Cheesebrough, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Cheesebrough (post 1700) +

  • Albert Cheesebrough (b. 1935), English former footballer
  • William Cheesebrough Ostrander (b. 1858), well-known American painter


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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