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The origins of the Cheshire name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Cheshire was originally derived from a family having lived in the county of Cheshire. The surname Cheshire belonged to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names form the other broad category of surnames, which were usually derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Cheshire was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cheshire include Chessire, Cheeshire, Cheshyre, Cheshire, Chesser, Chesshyre, Chesher, Chesshere, Chessor, Chessyre, Chessheire and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheshire research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Cheshire History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cheshire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cheshire family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Cheshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Cheshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cheshire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cheshire Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Cheshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Cheshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cheshire 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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