Chinnex History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Chinnex begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in an area that was defined by seven oak trees. Chinnex is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Chinnex were named due to their close proximity to the seven oakes.
Early Origins of the Chinnex family
The surname Chinnex was first found in Kent where they held a family seat at Seven-oaks, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Codsheath.
"This place, which in the Textus Roffensis is written Seovan Acca, is supposed to have derived its name from seven large oaks that stood upon the eminence on which the town is built. The free grammar school was founded and endowed in 1432, by Sir William Sevenoake, (1378?-1433?), usually written Sennocke, who, being deserted by his parents, was brought up by some charitable persons, and apprenticed to a grocer in London, from which station he rose to be lord mayor of that city, and its representative in parliament, leaving a portion of his wealth to found this school and an hospital for decayed elderly tradespeople. " 
The variant Sinnock was "a corruption of Sevenoaks. " 
Early History of the Chinnex family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chinnex research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1418, 1765, 1677, 1740, 1719, 1666, 1641, 1648 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Chinnex History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chinnex Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Chinnex has undergone many spelling variations, including Snook, Snooks, Snukes, Sevenoak, Sevenoaks, Sevenoke, Sevenokes, Sinnox, Sinnocks, Sennocke, Sennox, Sevenocke, Sevenockes, Snooke, Snouk, Snouks, Sinnicks, Shinnicks, Shinnocks, Chennix and many more.
Early Notables of the Chinnex family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chinnex family to Ireland
Some of the Chinnex family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Chinnex family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Chinnex were among those contributors: George Snouks who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; James Snooke settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; David Snook, his wife and son Joe settled in Georgia in 1733.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.