The name Chichestere reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Chichestere family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chichestere family lived in the city of Chichester in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Chichestere family
The surname Chichestere 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.
Early History of the Chichestere family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chichestere 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 Chichestere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chichestere Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Chichester, Chister, Chichestere, Chichister and others.
Early Notables of the Chichestere family (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 Chichestere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chichestere family to Ireland
Some of the Chichestere 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.
Migration of the Chichestere family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Chichestere name or one of its variants: James Chichester who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Edward Chichester settled in Nevis in 1670; William Chichester settled in Virginia in 1652; J.W. Chichester settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850..
The Chichestere 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.