Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a cheese-maker or seller of cheese. The surname Cheeze 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 Cheeze belongs to this class of names.
Early Origins of the Cheeze family
Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Cheeze family
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Cheeze Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cheeze have been found, including Cheese, Chese, Chuse, Chouse, Cheser, Chesse and others.
Early Notables of the Cheeze family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheeze family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cheezes to arrive on North American shores: Edmund Cheese who arrived in New York in 1832 and Robert Cheese in Mississippi in 1890.
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