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Chesterton Early Origins



The surname Chesterton was first found in Cambridgeshire, though the actual place of origin of the family is uncertain. The name is a habitational name, meaning that it was taken from a place where they lived, and presumably held some power; many names of this sort allow the family's place of origin to be pinned down very precisely, but Chesterton is a common place name in England; Chestertons exist in Cambridgeshire, Glouchestershire, Huntingdonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. The family could have originated and taken their name from any of these places or, more likely, the surname appeared around the same time in several of these places and there is more than one family Chesterton. The place-name itself comes from Old English and refers to a town or farmstead near an old Roman fort. Even the racial origin of the family is somewhat of a mystery; they crop up mere decades after the arrival of the Normans and the early occurrences of the name use the word "de," which is typically Norman, but some doubt remains; the family may in fact be Anglo-Saxon and predate the Normans.

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Chesterton Spelling Variations


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Chesterton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Chesterton, Cestretona, Chestreton, Chestretoun and others.

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Chesterton Early History


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Chesterton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chesterton research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1227 and 1416 are included under the topic Early Chesterton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chesterton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chesterton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chesterton 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chesterton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Chesterton, who arrived in America from Ireland in 1750

Chesterton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Walter Chesterton was recorded in the 1871 Census of Ontario

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chesterton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chesterton (post 1700)



  • Gilbert Keith "G.K." Chesterton (1874-1936), English novelist, poet, philosopher, dramatist and literary and art critic, often referred to as the "prince of paradox"; perhaps best known for his The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904), Charles Dickens: A Critical Study (1906), The Man Who Was Thursday (1908), Father Brown stories (1910-1935), The Everlasting Man (1925)
  • Paul Chesterton, English stage and film actor
  • Joseph Henry Chesterton (1840-1883), English plant collector, best known for his successful search for orchids in South America having been sent by James Veitch & Sons
  • George Herbert Chesterton MBE (1922-2012), English cricketer who played first-class cricket between 1949 and 1966
  • Frank Chesterton, English badminton winner at the All England Open Badminton Championships in 1909, 1910 and 1912
  • Cecil Edward Chesterton (1879-1918), English journalist, editor of "The New Witness" (1912-1916), younger brother of G. K. Chesterton
  • Arthur Kenneth Chesterton (1896-1973), South African-born, English politician and journalist, cousin of G. K. Chesterton

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Chesterton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chesterton 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 19 July 2016 at 16:13.

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