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Chetham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Chetham name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Cheetham, in the county of Lancashire. It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived.


Early Origins of the Chetham family


The surname Chetham was first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Now part of Greater Manchester, Cheetham dates back to the late 12th century and literally meant "homestead or village by the wood called Chet," from the Celtic word "ced" meaning "forest" and the Old English word "ham." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The ancient archeological site Cheetham Close, a megalithic site and scheduled ancient monument is nearby and is generally thought to have been a druidical ritual place with a Roman road passed 'within two hundred yards' of the megalith. As far as the surname is concerned, one of the first records was Geoffrey de Chetham who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. Over one hundred years later, Thomas de Cheteham was listed in Lancashire in 1394. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another branch of the family was found at Allerton in Lancashire. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, three thanes held 'Alretune;' which was in the possession of Geoffrey de Chetham in the reign of Henry III." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Chetham family


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Chetham 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 Chetham has undergone many spelling variations, including Chetham, Cheetham, Cheetam, Cheetum and others.

Early Notables of the Chetham family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Chetham family to Ireland


Some of the Chetham 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.

Migration of the Chetham 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 Chetham were among those contributors:

Chetham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Chetham, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811

Chetham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chetham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Harrington"
  • Alfred Chetham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841
  • Edward Chetham, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841
  • Alfred Chetham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Harrington
  • William Chetham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Chetham (post 1700)


  • Humphrey Chetham (1580-1653), English merchant and philanthropist
  • Sir Milne Chetham,
  • Sir Nicholas Chetham,
  • John Chetham, Secretary of the Exchequer

The Chetham Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quod tuum tenne
Motto Translation: Hold what is yours


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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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