The name Chinneray came to England
with the ancestors of the Chinneray family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chinneray family lived in Essex
. The family was originally from St. Ceneri, Normandy
, and it is from this location, where the Chinneray family lived prior to the invasion of England
, that the surname was originally derived.
Early Origins of the Chinneray family
The surname Chinneray was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chinneray family
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Chinneray Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Chenery, Chinnery, Chinnerey, Chinner and others.
Early Notables of the Chinneray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chinneray family to Ireland
Some of the Chinneray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chinneray family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Chinneray or a variant listed above: Rebecca Chinnery who settled in New England
in 1756; George Chinery arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.