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The surname Chesley was first found in Caldyrstarrs, 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.
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Chesley has been spelled Chiesley, Chesley, Chesly, Cheysly, Cheisley, Cheislie and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chesley research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1682, 1689, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Chesley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chesley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:
Chesley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Chesley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Credo et videbo
Motto Translation: I believe, and I shall see.
The Chesley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chesley 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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