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The ancestors of the Chiswell surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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.

Chiswell Early Origins



The surname Chiswell 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Chiswell Spelling Variations


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Chiswell Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chiswell include Chiswell, Chissell, Chishull, Chussell and others.

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Chiswell Early History


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Chiswell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiswell research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1673 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Chiswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chiswell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chiswell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Chiswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Chiswell, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1683 [2]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)

Chiswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Chiswell, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Mary Chiswell, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Ida Chiswell, aged 8, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • William Chiswell, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Mary Chiswell, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chiswell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chiswell (post 1700)



  • Major-General James Robert Chiswell CBE MC, British Army officer who currently commands 1st Armoured Division
  • Richard Muilman Trench Chiswell (1735-1797), born Richard Multon but assumed the extra surnames of Trench and Chiswell by royal licence in 1772 following the death of his mother's brother Richard Chiswell, whereupon he inherited over 120,000 and Debden Hall in Essex
  • The Rt Rev Peter Chiswell (b. 1934), Australian retired Bishop of Armidale (1976 to 1999)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Chiswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chiswell 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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