Chetwode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Chetwode comes from when the family resided in Chetwood, a parish, in the union, hundred, and county of Buckingham. "The church, made parochial in 1480, is remarkable for some beautiful specimens of stained glass, formerly belonging to a priory of Augustine monks, founded by Sir Ralph de Norwich in 1244, and which was dissolved on account of its poverty in 1460, and annexed to the abbey of Nutley. There was also a hermitage dedicated to St. Stephen and St. Lawrence, founded by a member of the Chetwode family, the representative of which claims suit and service, by prescriptive right, over this place and some neighbouring hamlets, that are said to have been included within the limits of an ancient forest of 1000 acres, called Rockwood." 
Early Origins of the Chetwode family
The surname Chetwode was first found in Buckinghamshire where they descend from Robert de Thain, who held Chetwode under the Bishop of Baieux in the time of William the Conqueror. John de Chetwode during the reign of Edward III married the heiress of Oakley, of Oakley of Staffordshire. "This manor of Chetwode, as appears to me, has been in the possession and inheritance of the Chetwodes longer than any estate or manor in this county of Buckingham has continued the property of any other family now there existing."  "Sir John Chetwode, Bart., is lord of the manor, and principal landed proprietor [of Lower Whitley, Cheshire]." 
Early History of the Chetwode family
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Chetwode Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chetwode include Chetwode, Chetwood, Chetwoode, Chitwood, Chitwode and others.
Early Notables of the Chetwode family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Knightly Chetwood (1650-1720), Dean of Gloucester, the eldest son of Valentine Chetwode or Chetwood, by Mary, daughter of Francis Shute, esq. of Upton, Leicestershire, and grandson of Richard Chetwode, esq. of Oakley in Staffordshire...
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Migration of the Chetwode family to Ireland
Some of the Chetwode family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Chetwode migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Chetwode Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alice Chetwode, aged 64, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1908
Contemporary Notables of the name Chetwode (post 1700) +
- Admiral Sir George George Knightley Chetwode KCB, CBE (1877-1957), British Royal Navy officer, Naval Secretary (1929-1932)
- Sir George Chetwode (1823-1905), 6th Baron Chetwode, British peer
- Sir John Newdigate-Ludford- Chetwode (1788-1873), 5th Baron Chetwode, British peer
- Philip Chetwode (b. 1937), 2nd Baron Chetwode, British peer
- Sir John Chetwode (1764-1845), 4th Baronet, a British politician, Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme (1815-1818), and for Buckingham (1841-1845)
- Field Marshal Philip Walhouse Chetwode GCB OM GCSI KCMG DSO (1869-1950), 1st Baron Chetwode, 7th Baronet of Oakley, a British Army officer
- John Chetwode Eustace (1762-1815), Anglo-Irish Catholic priest and antiquary who spent most of his life in Italy 
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The Chetwode 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: Corona mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my crown.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020