The ancestors of the name Cherleswode date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village and parish of Charlwood on the border of Sussex
which dates back to at least the 12th century when it was first listed as Cherlewde. Literally the place name means "wood of the freeman or peasants," from the Old English words "ceorl" + "wudu." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Cherleswode family
The surname Cherleswode was first found in West Sussex
, where Charlwood House is an early 17th-century timber-framed country house in Lowfield Heath, Crawley. "This place was the scene of a sanguinary battle between the Danes and the men of Surrey
and Sussex, that occurred near a bridge since called Kilman Bridge, and in which the Danes were defeated with great slaughter." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Today Charlwood is a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley district of Surrey
, but is on the historic county boundary between Surrey
Early History of the Cherleswode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cherleswode research.Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1779, 1800, 1500, 1591 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Cherleswode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cherleswode Spelling Variations
Cherleswode has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few 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 Cherleswode have been found, including Charlwood, Cherleswode, Charlewood, Charlwode, Charlwoode and many more.
Early Notables of the Cherleswode family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Charlwood, a prominent printer during the 1500s. 'Charlewood apparently came from Surrey, as on Jan. 12, 1591, we find him taking as an apprentice "Gefthe Franch Charlwood, son... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cherleswode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cherleswode family to Ireland
Some of the Cherleswode family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 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 Cherleswode 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 Cherleswodes to arrive on North American shores: Richard Charlwood who arrived in Virginia in 1658.