Chesshir is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the county of Cheshire
. The surname Chesshir 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.
Early Origins of the Chesshir family
The surname Chesshir 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.
Early History of the Chesshir family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chesshir research.Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1622 are included under the topic Early Chesshir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chesshir Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chesshir family name include Chessire, Cheeshire, Cheshyre, Cheshire
, Chesser, Chesshyre, Chesher, Chesshere, Chessor, Chessyre, Chessheire and many more.
Early Notables of the Chesshir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chesshir family to Ireland
Some of the Chesshir 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chesshir family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Chesshir surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Fred Cheeshire who arrived in Philadelphia in 1867; John Cheshire
arrived in Maryland in 1731; Thomas Cheshire
settled in New England
in 1700; Robert Chessheire settled in Virginia in 1635.