Chickering History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Chickering is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person with the characteristics of a chicken. From the Old English word cicen, for chicken.

Early Origins of the Chickering family

The surname Chickering was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Chickering family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chickering research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1212, 1273, 1500, and 1650 are included under the topic Early Chickering History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chickering Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chickering were recorded, including Chickin, Chiken, Chikin, Chicken, Chickerin and others.

Early Notables of the Chickering family (pre 1700)

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Chickering migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chickering family emigrate to North America:

Chickering Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Chickering, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]
  • Henry Chickering, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1641 [1]
Chickering Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Chickering, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chickering (post 1700)

  • Roger Chickering, American historian of the German Empire and World War I
  • Jonas Chickering (1798-1853), American piano manufacturer in Boston, Massachusetts, founder of Chickering and Sons
  • Elmer Chickering (1857-1915), American portrait photographer in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arthur Merton Chickering (1887-1974), American arachnologist who described 14 genera and 342 species
  • Brigadier-General William Elbridge Chickering (1895-1959), American Director of Army Postal Service (1943-1946) [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) William Chickering. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chickering/William_Elbridge/USA.html
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