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Chesterman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Chesterman name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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.

Early Origins of the Chesterman family


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

Early History of the Chesterman family


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Chesterman Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Chesterman has undergone many spelling variations, including Chester, Chestere, Chesters, Cheaster, Chister, Chestare and many more.

Early Notables of the Chesterman family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Chesterman family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Chesterman were among those contributors:

Chesterman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Adam Chesterman, aged 19, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Chesterman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Chesterman, aged 63, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, C. Z. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q6-4JZ : 6 December 2014), John Chesterman, 31 Jan 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Joseph Chesterman, aged 63, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal, C. Z. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q2-F4C : 6 December 2014), Joseph Chesterman, 25 Feb 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Harry Chesterman, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Polycarp" from St Thomas and Porto Rico [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J676-MJ7 : 6 December 2014), Harry Chesterman, 15 Nov 1919; citing departure port St Thomas and Porto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Polycarp, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William Chesterman, aged 31, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LL-PMJ : 6 December 2014), William Chesterman, 16 Mar 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Chesterman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Chesterman, aged 24, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Mary C. Chesterman, aged 23, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Charles Chesterman, aged 3 months, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Chesterman (post 1700)


  • H.H. Chesterman (b. 1952), American politician, 15th Secretary of State of Minnesota
  • Ron Chesterman (1943-2007), English musician and archivist, best known as the original double bass player with The Strawbs
  • Ian Chesterman (b. 1959), member of the Australian Olympic Committee and an Australian Winter Olympic administrator
  • Simon Chesterman, Australian Dean and Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore

The Chesterman 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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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q6-4JZ : 6 December 2014), John Chesterman, 31 Jan 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q2-F4C : 6 December 2014), Joseph Chesterman, 25 Feb 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C. Z., arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J676-MJ7 : 6 December 2014), Harry Chesterman, 15 Nov 1919; citing departure port St Thomas and Porto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Polycarp, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6LL-PMJ : 6 December 2014), William Chesterman, 16 Mar 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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