Chirnside History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Chirnside family

The surname Chirnside was first found in Berwickshire at Chirnside, a parish and burgh of barony. "The name of this place is interpreted 'the Sepulchral Tumulus on the side of the hill.' " [1]

Early History of the Chirnside family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chirnside research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1391, 1469, 1593, 1597, 1565 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Chirnside History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chirnside Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Churnside, Chirnside, Chyrnside, Chirnseed, Chirnsede and many more.

Early Notables of the Chirnside family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Chirnside migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chirnside Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. A. Chirnside, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [2]
  • Mrs. Chirnside, Scottish settler with 2 children travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [2]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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