The name Cheke is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Suffolk.
Early Origins of the Cheke family
The surname Cheke was first found in Suffolk
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 Cheke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheke research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1557, 1659, 1604, 1653 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Cheke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cheke 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. Cheke has been spelled many different ways, including Cheek, Cheeke, Cheeks, Cheke, Chick, Chicke and others.
Early Notables of the Cheke family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Cheek (1514-1557) English humanist, and supporter of the Reformation; and Sir Thomas Cheek or Cheke (died 1659), an English politician who sat in the... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cheke family to the New World and Oceana
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 Chekes to arrive in North America: Phillip Cheeke who settled in Barbados in 1685; Henry Cheeke settled in Philadelphia in 1823; John Cheeke arrived in New York in 1823; George Cheek settled in Potomac Maryland in 1742..
Contemporary Notables of the name Cheke (post 1700)
- Sir John Cheke (1514-1557), English scholar
- Dudley Cheke, Diplomat