The Chimnay family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a person who lived near or worked at a furnace deriving its origin from the Old French word cheminée.
Early Origins of the Chimnay family
The surname Chimnay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Chimnay family
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Chimnay Spelling Variations
Chimnay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chimnay have been found, including Chimney, Chimyne, Chymene, Chymney, Chimnay and others.
Early Notables of the Chimnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chimnay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chimnays to arrive on North American shores: Amelia Chymny, who settled in Maryland; and Michael Chymny, who arrived in Maryland in 1910.