The founding heritage of the Cheseman family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Cheseman comes from when one of the family worked as a maker of the village cheese. The surname Cheseman 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 Cheseman family
The surname Cheseman was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cheseman family
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Cheseman Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cheseman has been spelled many different ways, including Cheesewright, Cheeswright, Cheeseright, Chesewright, Cheswright, Chiswright, Chesewricte, Cheeseman, Cheesman and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheseman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheseman family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chesemans to arrive in North America:
Cheseman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hen Cheseman, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)