Chinnoray is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chinnoray family lived in Essex
. The family was originally from St. Ceneri, Normandy
, and it is from this location, where the Chinnoray family lived prior to the invasion of England
, that the surname was originally derived.
Early Origins of the Chinnoray family
The surname Chinnoray 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 Chinnoray family
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Chinnoray Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Chenery, Chinnery, Chinnerey, Chinner and others.
Early Notables of the Chinnoray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chinnoray family to Ireland
Some of the Chinnoray 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 Chinnoray family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Chinnoray or a variant listed above: Rebecca Chinnery who settled in New England
in 1756; George Chinery arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.