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The name Chichester reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chichester family lived in the city of Chichester in Sussex.

Chichester Early Origins



The surname Chichester was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Raleigh in that shire. Conjecturally, the family name is descended from the holder of the lands of Raleigh at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. One of the first records of the name was Hilary of Chichester (c.1110-1169), a medieval Bishop of Chichester. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), also known as Richard de Wych, is an English saint (canonized 1262) and former Bishop of Chichester; his translated saint's day of 16 June has been celebrated as Sussex Day since 2007.

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Chichester Spelling Variations


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Chichester Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chichester family name include Chichester, Chister, Chichestere, Chichister and others.

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Chichester Early History


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Chichester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chichester research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1519, 1569, 1550, 1547, 1563, 1625, 1605, 1616, 1598, 1669, 1624, 1623, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1568, 1648, 1624, 1613, 1606 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Chichester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chichester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chichester Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Chichester (1519-1569) English gentry from Devon, a naval captain and ardent Protestant who served as Sheriff of Devon in 1550, Knight of the Shire for Devon in 1547; and his son, Sir Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron Chichester (1563-1625), an English administrator...

Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chichester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chichester In Ireland


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Chichester In Ireland



Some of the Chichester family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Chichester family to immigrate North America:

Chichester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Chichester who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • William Chichester, who landed in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1648
  • James Chichester, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1651
  • William Chichester, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • William Chichester settled in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chichester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Chichester, who arrived in Virginia in 1702

Chichester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. W. Chichester settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chichester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chichester (post 1700)



  • Sir Edward Chichester (1849-1906), English Royal Navy Rear Admiral, succeeded to the title of 9th Baronet Chichester, of Raleigh, co. Devon on 13 July 1898, Companion of the Orders of St. Michael and St. George, and Aide-de-Camp to HM Queen Victoria and HM Edward VII (1899-1902)
  • Sir Edward George Chichester (1888-1940), 10th Baronet
  • Sir Edward Chichester (1849-1906), 9th Baronet
  • Sir Arthur Chichester (1822-1898), 8th Baronet
  • Sir Arthur Chichester (1790-1842), 7th Baronet
  • Sir John Chichester (1752-1808), 6th Baronet
  • Sir John Chichester (1721-1784), 5th Baronet
  • Sir Edward John Chichester (1916-2007), llth Baronet, formerly Captain, Royal Scots Fusiliers and Lieutenant RNVR, residing in Hants
  • Sir Francis Charles Chichester KBE (1901-1972), British adventurer, who completed an around-the-world solo trip in his yacht in 1967

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Motto


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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: Firm en foi
Motto Translation: Firm in faith.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Chichester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chichester Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 June 2016 at 12:10.

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