The name Cherrit is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a maker of the village cheese. The surname Cherrit can be traced to the Old English cesewyrhta
which means "a cheese-maker." This profession was very important in the medieval period; in the days before refrigeration, milk could be kept for a day or two at most, and the only way to ensure a long term supply of dairy products was to make it into cheese. The suffix -wright
was usually adopted by a someone who provided a service with either wood or machinery.
Early Origins of the Cherrit family
The surname Cherrit was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cherrit family
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Cherrit 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 Cherrit 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. The variations of the name Cherrit include Cheesewright, Cheeswright, Cheeseright, Chesewright, Cheswright, Chiswright, Chesewricte, Cheeseman, Cheesman and many more.
Early Notables of the Cherrit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cherrit 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 Cherrit or a variant listed above: Paul Cheeswright who sailed to Georgia in 1732.