Origins Available: English
Chishan is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a maker or seller of cheese. The surname Chishan literally means the cheeseman.
The surname Chishan is derived from the Old English word cese
and the West Saxon word cyse,
which both mean cheese.
The suffix man
is one of the most common suffixes for occupational
Early Origins of the Chishan family
The surname Chishan was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Chishan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chishan research.Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Chishan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chishan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Chishan has appeared include Cheeseman, Cheesman, Cheesemen and others.
Early Notables of the Chishan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chishan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Chishan arrived in North America very early: William Cheeseman who settled in Bermuda in 1635; Clement Cheeseman settled in Maryland in 1774; John Cheeseman settled in New York State in 1821; Morton Cheeseman settled in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..