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The Cherrill name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Cherhill, which was located three miles from Calne in the diocese of Salisbury and the county of Wiltshire. The surname Cherrill belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cherrill has undergone many spelling variations, including Cherrill, Cheril, Cherril, Cherill, Churhille, Churhylle, Cherrall, Cherhill, Chirel, Cherrille, Keryle and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cherrill research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1500, and 1788 are included under the topic Early Cherrill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cherrill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cherrill were among those contributors: William Cherrall who arrived in New England in 1635.

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  • Virginia Cherrill (1908-1996), American actress best known for her role as the blind girl in Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights". She went on to perform in such movies as Troubled Waters in 1936, What Price Crime? in 1935 and many more


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  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Cherrill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cherrill Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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