Chenery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chenery is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chenery family lived in Essex. The family was originally from St. Ceneri, Normandy, and it is from this location, where the Chenery family lived prior to the invasion of England, that the surname was originally derived.

Early Origins of the Chenery family

The surname Chenery 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 Chenery family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chenery research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1860, 1774, 1852, 1932 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Chenery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chenery Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chenery, Chinnery, Chinnerey, Chinner and others.

Early Notables of the Chenery family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Chenery family to Ireland

Some of the Chenery family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 38 words (3 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 Chenery family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Chenery or a variant listed above were: Rebecca Chinnery who settled in New England in 1756; George Chinery arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.


Contemporary Notables of the name Chenery (post 1700) +

  • Helen Bates "Penny" Chenery Tweedy (1922-2017), American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown
  • Hollis Burnley Chenery (1918-1994), well known American economist
  • Christopher Tompkins Chenery (1886-1973), American engineer, businessman, and owner/breeder of Thoroughbred horse racing's U.S. Triple Crown champion Secretariat
  • Richard Chenery, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 5th District, 1857-58 [1]
  • Thomas Chenery (1826-1884), English editor of the ‘Times,’ born at Barbadoes in 1826, educated at Eton and Caius College, Cambridge [2]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019


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