The history of the name Cheswright dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a maker of the village cheese. The surname Cheswright can be traced to the Old English cesewyrhta
which means "a cheese-maker." This profession was very important in the medieval period; in the days before refrigeration, milk could be kept for a day or two at most, and the only way to ensure a long term supply of dairy products was to make it into cheese. The suffix -wright
was usually adopted by a someone who provided a service with either wood or machinery.
Early Origins of the Cheswright family
The surname Cheswright was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cheswright family
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Cheswright 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 Cheswright has undergone many spelling variations
, including Cheesewright, Cheeswright, Cheeseright, Chesewright, Cheswright, Chiswright, Chesewricte, Cheeseman, Cheesman and many more.
Early Notables of the Cheswright family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cheswright 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 Cheswright were among those contributors: Paul Cheeswright who sailed to Georgia in 1732.