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Origins Available: English, Scottish


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The surname Chisum was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chisholm, Chissolm, Chisham, Chisholme, Chism, Chisolm, Chisolt, Chissum and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chisum research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1176 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Chisum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chisum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Chisum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chisum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William P Chisum, who landed in Texas in 1835

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  • Warren Chisum, American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 88th District; Elected unopposed 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004; Elected 2006; Elected unopposed 2008, 2010
  • T. Tolbert Chisum, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2008


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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 fierce.

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The Chisum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chisum Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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