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Where did the English Cheshire family come from? What is the English Cheshire family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cheshire family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cheshire family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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Cheshire Early History



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.

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Cheshire Early Notables



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

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Cheshire In Ireland



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.

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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


  • William Cheshire, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Cheshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Cheshire arrived in Maryland in 1731

Cheshire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Cheshire, aged 19, landed in New York in 1854

Cheshire Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George Cheshire, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • James Cheshire, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Wm Cheshire, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Geo Cheshire, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Cheshire, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Cheshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Cheshire, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Cheshire, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Cheshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Cheshire, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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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.

This page was last modified on 8 January 2015 at 12:33.

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