Chetter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Chetter family

The surname Chetter was first found in Somerset where Cheddar is a large village and civil parish in the Sedgemoor district. Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, the Cheddar Man, estimated to be 9,000 years old, was found here in 1903. During the Saxon period, a royal palace was located here. By the 10th century it was a three-time host to the Witenagemot. Cheddar was first listed as Ceodre c. 880. And by the Domesday Book it had evolved to Ceder, meaning "Shear Water", and from the Old English scear and Celtic dwr. Alternatively it could have been derived from the Old English "ceodor" which meant "ravine" as reference to the Cheddar Gorge. [1] As early as 1130 AD, the Cheddar Gorge was recognized as one of the "Four Wonders of England".

Early History of the Chetter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chetter research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1510, 1600, 1982, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Chetter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chetter Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chetter has been spelled many different ways, including Chedder, Chadder, Cheder, Cheddre, Cheddar, Chader, Chetter and many more.

Early Notables of the Chetter family (pre 1700)

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Australia Chetter migration to Australia +

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

Chetter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Chetter, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. James Chetter, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia


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