The Cheeswright name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Cheeswright was originally a name given to someone who worked as a maker of the village cheese. The surname Cheeswright can be traced to the Old English cesewyrhta
which means "a cheese-maker." This profession was very important in the medieval period; in the days before refrigeration, milk could be kept for a day or two at most, and the only way to ensure a long term supply of dairy products was to make it into cheese. The suffix -wright
was usually adopted by a someone who provided a service with either wood or machinery.
Early Origins of the Cheeswright family
The surname Cheeswright was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cheeswright family
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Cheeswright 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 Cheeswright 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 Cheeswright include: Cheesewright, Cheeswright, Cheeseright, Chesewright, Cheswright, Chiswright, Chesewricte, Cheeseman, Cheesman and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheeswright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheeswright 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 Cheeswright or a variant listed above:
Cheeswright Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Paul Cheeswright who sailed to Georgia in 1732