Chestefield is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Chesterfield, Derbyshire
a market town which received its charter in the year 1204 from King John.
Early Origins of the Chestefield family
The surname Chestefield was first found in Derbyshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chestefield family
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Chestefield 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 Chestefield family name include Chesterfield, Chasturfeld, Cestrefeld and others.
Early Notables of the Chestefield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chestefield 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 Chestefield surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Chesterfield who arrived in New York in 1854.