The Chese name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Chese was originally a name given to someone who worked as a cheese-maker or seller of cheese. The surname Chese is derived from the Old English word cese
and the West Saxon word cyse,
which both mean cheese. Occupational
names frequently refer to the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Chese belongs to this class of names.
Early Origins of the Chese family
The surname Chese was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chese family
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Chese 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 Chese 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 Chese include: Cheese, Chese, Chuse, Chouse, Cheser, Chesse and others.
Early Notables of the Chese family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chese 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 Chese or a variant listed above: Edmund Cheese who arrived in New York in 1832 and Robert Cheese in Mississippi in 1890.