Early Origins of the Chestretoun family
The surname Chestretoun 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
. 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 Chestretoun. 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.
Early History of the Chestretoun family
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Chestretoun Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Chesterton, Cestretona, Chestreton, Chestretoun and others.
Early Notables of the Chestretoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chestretoun family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the $ family who established themselves on the east coast of North America.