The name Cheesey finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a cheese-maker or seller of cheese. The surname Cheesey is derived from the Old English word cese
and the West Saxon word cyse,
which both mean cheese. Occupational
names frequently refer to the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Cheesey belongs to this class of names.
Early Origins of the Cheesey family
The surname Cheesey was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cheesey family
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Cheesey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cheesey has been recorded under many different variations, including Cheese, Chese, Chuse, Chouse, Cheser, Chesse and others.
Early Notables of the Cheesey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheesey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cheesey or a variant listed above: Edmund Cheese who arrived in New York in 1832 and Robert Cheese in Mississippi in 1890.