Show ContentsChisnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Chisnall comes from the family having resided in the farmstead of Chisnall which was in the township of Coppull in the parish of Standish in Lancashire. [1] The surname Chisnall belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Chisnall family

The surname Chisnall was first found in Lancashire, at Chisenhall. One of the first records of the family was found in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire where Roger de Chysenhale was listed 1284-1285. [1]

Edward Chisenhall was recorded here in 1646. Some of the family were also found in Cheshire as the Will at Chester recorded Alice Chisnall, of Chisnall, widow, 1607; and Humphrey Chisnall, of Coppull, 1610. [2]

Early History of the Chisnall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chisnall research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1362, 1607, 1610, 1653, 1653, 1689 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Chisnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chisnall Spelling Variations

Chisnall has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Chisnall, Chisnell, Chesnall, Chesenhall, Chesnal, Chesnall, Chisenhall, Chysenhale and many more.

Early Notables of the Chisnall family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Edward Chisenhall or Chisenhale (d. 1653?), English historian, the eldest son of Edward Chisenhall, esq. of Chisenhall, Lancashire. "He bore a colonel's commission for Charles I in the civil war, and was in Lathom House...
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United States Chisnall migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chisnalls to arrive on North American shores:

Chisnall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johanna Chisnall, who arrived in America in 1765
  • Peter Chisnall, who settled in America in 1770

Australia Chisnall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chisnall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Chisnall 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:

Chisnall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Chisnall, (b. 1842), aged 20, English labourer, from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chisnall (post 1700) +

  • Eric Chisnall (b. 1946), English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980
  • David Chisnall (1948-2013), English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Dave Chisnall (b. 1980), English professional darts player from St Helens who plays in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events
  • John Philip "Phil" Chisnall (1942-2021), English footballer who played as an inside forward in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Peter Chisnall (b. 1949), former Australian rules footballer for North Melbourne Football Club (1968-1976)
  • Les Chisnall, British pianist, composer and teacher

RMS Titanic
  • George Alexander Chisnall (1877-1912), Scottish boilermaker, member of the engineering crew aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking, his body was later recovered (No. 111) and buried at sea [5]

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  5. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook