Show ContentsChetwynd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chetwynd has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Salop (now Shropshire) where they derived their family name from the parish of Chetwynde. The place-name is derived from the Old English compound word which means "dweller at the winding ascent." 1

Early Origins of the Chetwynd family

The surname Chetwynd was first found in Shropshire at Chetwynd, a rural civil parish just to the north of Newport. 2 3 The original Chetwynd manor dates back to Saxon times and was held by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, about 1050.

While there is no doubt of the family's Saxon heritage, we must consider the Norman Chetwynd or De Verlai, from Verlai, Normandy. "In 1086, Turold de Verlai held thirteen lordships in Salop from Earl Roger, of which Chetwynd appears to have been the chief. Robert his son was a Baron temp. Henry I., and before 1121 witnessed a charter in favour of Salop Abbey. He was living 1141, and was father of Robert de Verlai, who, with his father, gave Verlai Church, Normandy, to Essay Abbey, which grant was confirmed by Henry II. (not Henry I. as erroneously stated in Gallia Christiana, xi. 234, Instr.). The next in descent was Adam de Chetwynd, 1180-1203; and in his time the barony, consisting of two knights' fees, was placed by the Crown under the feudal suzerainty of the Fitz-Alans" 4

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Adam de Chetewynde, Salop (Shropshire); and John de Chetewind, Salop. 2 And this noted author goes on to note that "the following entries practically prove that Chatwin is a variant of Chetwynd: Thomas Chetwen, or Chetwyn, 1511: Register of the University of Oxford; and Edward Chetwind, or 'Chetwine,' 1596. 2

A search through other early rolls proved to be fruitful: Richard de Chetewynde was listed in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1268; William de Chetwynde was found in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire in 1343; and William Chetwyn, Chetwynd was listed in Yorkshire in 1415. 5

Early History of the Chetwynd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chetwynd research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1318, 1584, 1586, 1633, 1638, 1643, 1676, 1678, 1680, 1684, 1689, 1693, 1695, 1701, 1702, 1717, 1736, 1767 and 1770 are included under the topic Early Chetwynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chetwynd Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chetwynd have been found, including Chetwynd, Chetwyn, Chetwynde, Chetwin, Chitwyn and others.

Early Notables of the Chetwynd family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Walter Chetwynd (died 1638), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newcastle under Lyme (1584-1586)
  • Walter Chetwynd FRS (1633-1693), of Ingestre Hall, an English antiquary and politician
  • John Chetwynd, 2nd Viscount Chetwynd (c.1680–1767)

Migration of the Chetwynd family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Chetwynd, or a variant listed above: Thomas Chetwin who settled in Jamaica in 1684.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chetwynd (post 1700) +

  • Joshua Stephen "Josh" Chetwynd, American journalist, broadcaster, author and former baseball player, inducted into the British Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014
  • Mr. Charles Chetwynd, English coal miner working in Baddesley coal mine in Warwickshire on 2nd May 1882, he was awarded the Albert Medal for lifesaving
  • Mr. Joseph Chetwynd, English coal miner working in Baddesley coal mine in Warwickshire on 2nd May 1882, he was awarded the Albert Medal for lifesaving
  • Sir Peter James Talbot Chetwynd (b. 1973), 10th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir Robin John Talbot Chetwynd (1941-2012), 9th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir Arthur Ralph Chetwynd (1913-2004), 8th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir Arthur Henry Talbot Chetwynd (1887-1972), 7th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir Victor James Chetwynd (1902-1938), 6th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir George Guy Chetwynd (1874-1935), 5th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • Sir George Chetwynd (1849-1917), 4th Baronet of Brocton Hall, English peer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Chetwynd 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: Probitas verus honos
Motto Translation: Probity is true honor.

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook