Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the surname Chisolm were thought to have been a Boernician
family in ancient Scotland
. They lived in the Barony of Chisolm in the Parish of Roberton, Roxburghshire
. The Gaelic form of the name is Siosalach
and together the Clan
is known as An Siosalach.
Early Origins of the Chisolm family
The surname Chisolm was first found in Roxburghshire
, from the barony of Chisholm. One of the first times the name was listed was John de Chesehelme, in Roxburghshire
in 1254. Robert de Chesholme was custodian of Urchard Castle in the 1300s. By the mid-14th century, much of the family had moved north: Robert de Chesholme appears as the sheriff of Inverness in 1359. Many feel that Robert was the founder of the Clan.
Early History of the Chisolm family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chisolm research.Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1176, 1715, 1647 and 1785 are included under the topic Early Chisolm History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chisolm Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred
years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations
occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Chisolm has been spelled Chisholme, Chisum, Chissum, Chissolm, Chissholm, Chisolt, Chism, Chisholm, Chisham, Chiseholm, Chisam and many more.
Early Notables of the Chisolm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chisolm family to Ireland
Some of the Chisolm family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chisolm family to the New World and Oceana
The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence
those who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Chisolm or a variant listed above:
Chisolm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Dr. Chisolm, who settled in Jamaica in 1774
Chisolm Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Chisolm, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1809 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Chisolm Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Chisolm, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
Chisolm Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Chisolm, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
- Colin Chisolm, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Chisolm (post 1700)
- Henry Clay Chisolm (b. 1859), American Republican politician, Physician; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 33rd District, 1897-1900 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Chisolm Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Feros ferio
Motto Translation: I am fierce with the fiercest