The origins of the Chissell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Chishall, two parishes in the county of Essex
. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived. Today, Fort Chiswell is located in Wythe County, Virginia, United States and was originally a frontier fort built in 1758 during the French and Indian War; and the Chiswell Islands are a group of rocky, uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Alaska. Unfortunately, the reason for the named locations has been lost.
Early Origins of the Chissell family
The surname Chissell was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Chiswell Green is a village, in St Albans, Hertfordshire
which dates back to 1782. The name was thought to have been derived from "the gravelly spring or stream" from the Old English "cis" + "wella" + "green." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Chissell family
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Chissell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chissell were recorded, including Chiswell, Chissell, Chishull, Chussell and others.
Early Notables of the Chissell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chissell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chissell family emigrate to North America: James Chisel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chissell (post 1700)
- Noble "Kid" Chissell (1905-1987), American boxing champion, actor, and dance marathon champion, former U.S. Navy Middleweight Boxing Champ (1932)