Chidsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Chidsey come from when the family resided in the parish of Chedzoy, near Bridgewater in the county of Somerset. Alternatively, the name could have originated in "Chevtsey, a town in Surrey, England, near the Thames, pronounced by the natives, Chedsey, meaning 'Cerot's Island.'" [1]

Early Origins of the Chidsey family

The surname Chidsey was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Chidsey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chidsey research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1349, 1369, 1574, 1778, 1510, 1574, 1528 and 1531 are included under the topic Early Chidsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chidsey Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Chidsey has been recorded under many different variations, including Chedzoy, Chedzey, Chidzoy, Chedgey, Chedsey, Chidgey, Chidsey, Chedesy and many more.

Early Notables of the Chidsey family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Chedsey or Cheadsey (1510?-1574?), English divine, a native of Somersetshire. "He was admitted a scholar of Corpus Christi...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chidsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Chidsey family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chidsey or a variant listed above: John Chedsey who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1644.


Contemporary Notables of the name Chidsey (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Chidsey, Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Alan Lake Chidsey, assistant dean of students of the University of Chicago


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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