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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Chester surname lived in Chester, which is the capital city of the county of Cheshire, which lies on the border between England and Wales; it is the northernmost county on the border. Devastated in the 11th century by border wars between William the Conqueror and the Welsh, Cheshire's border with Wales fluctuated over the next several centuries. Today, the western portion of the Domesday era county is in Wales.

Chester Early Origins



The surname Chester was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Chester Spelling Variations


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Chester Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Chester are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Chester include: Chester, Chestere, Chesters, Cheaster, Chister, Chestare and many more.

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Chester Early History


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Chester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chester research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chester Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chester 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chester or a variant listed above:

Chester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Leonard Chester, who landed in New England in 1633
  • Leonard Chester, who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635; two of his descendants were Colonel John Chester and his son The Honourable John Chester
  • Phillip Chester, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Thomas Chester, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Kat Chester, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Chester, who arrived in Ohio in 1798

Chester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Chester, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • William Chester, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Chester Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Chester Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Private John Chester U.E. (b. 1763) born in Albany, New York, USA who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessup's Loyal Rangers married to Phebe Brown they had 11 children he died in 1839 in Montague Township, Grenville County, Ontario [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Chester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Chester, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Thomas Chester, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Richard Chester, aged 35, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Chester Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William C. Chester, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Chester, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary Chester, aged 8, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Maggie Chester, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Robert Chester, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chester (post 1700)



  • Art Chester (1899-1949), American air racer
  • Raymond Tucker Chester (b. 1948), American football tight end
  • George Randolph Chester (1869-1924), American author
  • Frank Chester (1895-1957), English first-class cricketer and notable international cricket umpire
  • James Grant Chester (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Charlie Chester (1914-1997), British stand-up comedian
  • Sir Daniel Norman Chester CBE, British Political Scientist

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Chester Historic Events


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Chester Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leonard Horsford Chester, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Michael Chester, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



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: Vincit qui patitur
Motto Translation: He conquers who endures.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. 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 Chester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chester 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 15 October 2016 at 17:42.

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