Chickelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Chickelay family
The surname Chickelay was first found in Cheshire where Henry Chichele was recorded as holding lands there in 1279. Years later, Robert Chychley was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332 and William Chychley was found there in 1392. 
Henry Chichele or Chicheley (1362?-1443), was "Archbishop of Canterbury, son of Thomas Chichele, who is said on doubtful authority to have been 'a broker or draper', and who at the time of Henry's birth was a yeoman of Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. Local tradition asserts that William of Wykeham met Chichele, then a lad, as he was keeping his father's sheep, that he was pleased with his intelligence, and undertook the care of his education." 
Early History of the Chickelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chickelay research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1541, 1433, 1561, 1411, 1455, 1487, 1691, 1618, 1694, 1637, 1640, 1642, 1661, 1670 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Chickelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chickelay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Chichele, Chicheley, Chickeley, Chickly, Chickley, Chitchley, Chitchly, Chichlie, Chichlee, Chitchlie, Chitchlee, Chichleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Chickelay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Chicheley (d. 1691), a British Rear-Admiral, "a lineal descendant in the eleventh, generation of William Chicheley or Chichele, sheriff of London, younger brother of Henry, Archbishop of Canterbury." 
Sir Thomas Chicheley (1618-1694), was Master-General of the ordnance, sixth in direct descent from Henry Chicheley, who took up his residence at Wimple or Wimpole in Cambridgeshire, was eighth in descent from William Chichele, Sheriff of London, a younger brother of Henry Chichele, Archbishop of Canterbury and founder of All Souls College, Oxford. "The family was one of the wealthiest in Cambridgeshire, and many of...
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Migration of the Chickelay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print