The name Chidestre arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chidestre family lived in the city of Chichester in Sussex.
Early Origins of the Chidestre family
The surname Chidestre 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 Chidestre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chidestre 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 Chidestre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chidestre Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Chichester, Chister, Chichestere, Chichister and others.
Early Notables of the Chidestre 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 Chidestre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chidestre family to Ireland
Some of the Chidestre 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 Chidestre family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chidestre or a variant listed above: 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 Chidestre 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.