Chitch is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was a name given to a person who walked in a haughty manner, or resembled a rooster or chicken in some other way. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word chike
, meaning chicken.
Early Origins of the Chitch family
The surname Chitch was first found in Essex
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.
Early History of the Chitch family
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Chitch 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 Chitch were recorded, including Chich, Chick, Chiche and others.
Early Notables of the Chitch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chitch 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 Chitch family emigrate to North America: Humphrey and John Chick who settled in Barbados in 1654; Sarah Chickley settled in Maryland in 1740; John Chicoll settled in New York in 1822; E. Chick arrived in Acapulco Mexico in 1852..