Show ContentsCheston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cheston is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the market-town and parish of Chesham, which is located three miles from Amersham in the county of Buckinghamshire. This territory was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the site of four mills on lands owned by the Bishop of Bayeux and Hugh de Bolbec. The surname Cheston belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Cheston family

The surname Cheston was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Cheston family

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Cheston 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 Cheston 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cheston include: Chessum, Chesson, Chessam, Chesham, Cestresham and others.

Early Notables of the Cheston family (pre 1700)

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United States Cheston migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Cheston or a variant listed above:

Cheston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Cheston, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • Ri Cheston, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [1]

Australia Cheston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cheston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Cheston, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cheston (post 1700) +

  • Cheston Folkes (1863-1941), American farmer and politician, Member of the Louisiana State Representative for West Feliciana Parish (1908-1920)
  • Cheston Lee Eshelman (1917-2004), American inventor, aviator, and manufacturer, founder of Cheston L. Eshelman Company and Eshelman Motors Corporation
  • Cheston Browning Sr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1956 [3]

  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. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook