Show ContentsChilson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chilson is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the tithing of Chilson, which is in the parish of Charlbury in Oxfordshire.

Early Origins of the Chilson family

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

Early History of the Chilson family

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Chilson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Chilson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Chilson include: Chilson, Childerstone, Childeston, Childerson, Chelsum, Chelson and many more.

Early Notables of the Chilson family (pre 1700)

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Chilson Ranking

In the United States, the name Chilson is the 10,375th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Chilson migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chilson or a variant listed above:

Chilson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Brown Chilson, who arrived in America sometime between 1760 and 1765
Chilson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Chilson, aged 33, who landed in America from London, in 1897
Chilson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fannie Chilson, aged 67, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Fay Louise Chilson, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Edward Norton Chilson, aged 43, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • L. Chilson, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1924
  • Lewis Chilson, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Chilson (post 1700) +

  • Mitch Chilson (b. 1978), Singaporian-American mixed martial artist
  • Olin Hatfield Chilson (1903-1991), United States federal judge from Pueblo, Colorado
  • Robert Chilson (b. 1945), American science fiction author from Ringwood, Oklahoma
  • Llewellyn Morris Chilson (1920-1981), United States Army Master Sergeant, the "second most decorated" American combat soldier of World War II
  • Ted Chilson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [2]
  • Robert W. Chilson, American politician, Mayor of Lompoc, California, 1950-52 [2]

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook