The name Cherleswood is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Cherleswood family
The surname Cherleswood 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 Cherleswood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cherleswood 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 Cherleswood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cherleswood Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cherleswood are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Cherleswood include: Charlwood, Cherleswode, Charlewood, Charlwode, Charlwoode and many more.
Early Notables of the Cherleswood 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 Cherleswood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cherleswood family to Ireland
Some of the Cherleswood 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 Cherleswood family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cherleswood or a variant listed above: Richard Charlwood who arrived in Virginia in 1658.