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The name Chess is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a cheese-maker or seller of cheese. The surname Chess 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 Chess belongs to this class of names.

Chess Early Origins



The surname Chess was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Chess Spelling Variations


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Chess Spelling Variations



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 Chess include Cheese, Chese, Chuse, Chouse, Cheser, Chesse and others.

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Chess Early History


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Chess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chess research. Another 391 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1279, 1332, 1366, 1379, 1597, 1500 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Chess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chess Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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:

Chess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Chess, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • John Chess, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • William Chess, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chess (post 1700)



  • Philip "Phil" Chess (1921-2016), born Fiszel Czyż, Polish-born, American record producer and company executive, co-founder with his brother of Chess Records

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Chess Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Chess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chess 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 26 October 2016 at 13:22.

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