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Chelley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, Scottish

The ancient roots of the Chelley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Chelley comes from when the family lived in the hamlet of Cheal, in the parish of Gosberton, in the county of Lincolnshire.

Early Origins of the Chelley family

The surname Chelley was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Chelley family

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Another 429 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1275, 1327, 1500, 1668, and 1682 are included under the topic Early Chelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chelley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Chelley has appeared include Chely, Chelley, Chealey, Cheales, Cheals, Cheeley, Cheal, Cheel, Chele, Cheles, Cheyle, Cheyles and many more.

Early Notables of the Chelley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chelley family to the New World and Oceana

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Chelley arrived in North America very early: John Cheley, who settled in Ontario in 1871; and William John Cheley, who settled in Colorado in 1905.

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