Cheneray is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cheneray family lived in Essex
. The family was originally from St. Ceneri, Normandy
, and it is from this location, where the Cheneray family lived prior to the invasion of England
, that the surname was originally derived.
Early Origins of the Cheneray family
The surname Cheneray was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cheneray family
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Cheneray Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Cheneray are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cheneray include Chenery, Chinnery, Chinnerey, Chinner and others.
Early Notables of the Cheneray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheneray family to Ireland
Some of the Cheneray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cheneray family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cheneray, or a variant listed above: Rebecca Chinnery who settled in New England
in 1756; George Chinery arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.