Show ContentsChilman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Chilman comes from when its first bearer worked as a military officer in the 10th century, probably comparable to a modern sergeant. The surname Chilman is derived from the Old English word cild, which means child. The name was applied to the rank above the common soldier in that period, probably because they were in charge of "children." Later, in the 13th and 14th centuries, the name came to denote a page or a young man in training for the knighthood. The surname Chilman is likely based mostly on this sense of the word child, judging by its inclusion of the suffix -man, which was one of the most common suffixes for occupational names and meant servant. However, Chilman may also be a patronymic surname derived from the personal name Chilmond.

Early Origins of the Chilman family

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

Early History of the Chilman family

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Chilman Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chilman include Chilman, Chillman, Childman, Childesman, Chilham, Chileman, Chilemound, Chilmon, Chilleman and many more.

Early Notables of the Chilman family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Chilman family to Ireland

Some of the Chilman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Chilman migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chilman or a variant listed above:

Chilman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Chilman, who arrived in Virginia in 1646 [1]
  • Richard Chilman, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]

Australia Chilman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chilman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Chilman, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]
  • William Chilman, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]
  • Elizabeth Chilman, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]

New Zealand Chilman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chilman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Chilman, (b. 1831), aged 28, English nurse, from York travelling from London aboard the ship "Robert Small" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th January 1860 [3]

  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. South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook