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
Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Chilman family
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Chilman Spelling Variations
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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Migration of the Chilman family to Ireland
Some of the Chilman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Chilman family to the New World and Oceana
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
Chilman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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