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The first people to use the distinguished Chestnut family name were found n France, and was a Huguenot surname. It was brought to England, in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Huguenots fled France because of the religious persecution that threatened their survival there. The Chestnut family originated in Touraine, France. Their name, however, indicates that they once lived near a prominent chestnut tree or grove of such trees.

Chestnut Early Origins



The surname Chestnut was first found in Touraine in France, where they were Lords of Breaux, Montay and la Doucinier, where they held a family seat for many centuries. Conjecturally, the Chestnuts were derived from this source, as we shall see. The Chesneaus were known as the Chesneau (du) de la Haugreniere and had branches in Maine and Lorraine. Guillame (William) Chesneau was Chamberlayn to King Charles VII of France. The family fled France when the revocation of the Edict of Nantes was effected in 1685, disallowing protestants the right to worship.

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Chestnut Spelling Variations


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Chestnut Spelling Variations



Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heaviliy from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Chesneau, Chesnoit, Chestnoit, Chestnit, Chestnitt, Chestnet, Chestnett, Chestnut, Chesnut, Chestnutt and many more.

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Chestnut Early History


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Chestnut Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chestnut research. Another 523 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1803, 1790, 135 , 1743, 1813 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Chestnut History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chestnut Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chestnut Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chestnut Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chestnut In Ireland


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Chestnut In Ireland



Some of the Chestnut family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included 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



Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Chestnut:

Chestnut Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Chestnut who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Samuel Chestnut arrived in New York State in 1803
  • Sand Chestnut, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Samuel Chestnut, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Samuel Chestnut arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chestnut Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Chestnut, aged 65, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Samuel" from Liverpool, England
  • Agnes Chestnut, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Samuel" from Liverpool, England

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chestnut (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chestnut (post 1700)



  • Cyrus Chestnut (b. 1963), American jazz pianist, songwriter, and producer
  • Morris L. Chestnut (b. 1969), American film and television actor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    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.
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    The Chestnut Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chestnut 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 18 December 2015 at 18:31.

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