The ancestry of the name Chiswel dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. 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 Chiswel family
The surname Chiswel 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 Chiswel family
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Chiswel Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chiswel have been found, including Chiswell, Chissell, Chishull, Chussell and others.
Early Notables of the Chiswel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chiswel family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Chiswel, or a variant listed above: James Chisel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838.