The history of the Chichister family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in the city of Chichester in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Chichister family
The surname Chichister 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 Chichister family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chichister 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 Chichister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chichister Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Chichester, Chister, Chichestere, Chichister and others.
Early Notables of the Chichister 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 Chichister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chichister family to Ireland
Some of the Chichister 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 Chichister family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Chichister or a variant listed above were:
Chichister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Chichister, who landed in Virginia in 1703 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The Chichister 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.