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The name Chitester reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chitester family lived in the city of Chichester in Sussex.

Early Origins of the Chitester family


The surname Chitester was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Raleigh in that shire. Conjecturally, the family name is descended from the holder of the lands of Raleigh at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy in 1086 after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. One of the first records of the name was Hilary of Chichester (c.1110-1169), a medieval Bishop of Chichester. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253), also known as Richard de Wych, is an English saint (canonized 1262) and former Bishop of Chichester; his translated saint's day of 16 June has been celebrated as Sussex Day since 2007.

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Early History of the Chitester family

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Early History of the Chitester family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chitester research.
Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1369, 1519, 1569, 1550, 1547, 1563, 1625, 1605, 1616, 1598, 1669, 1624, 1623, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1568, 1648, 1624, 1613, 1606 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Chitester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chitester Spelling Variations

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Chitester Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chitester family name include Chichester, Chister, Chichestere, Chichister and others.

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Early Notables of the Chitester family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Chitester family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Chichester (1519-1569) English gentry from Devon, a naval captain and ardent Protestant who served as Sheriff of Devon in 1550, Knight of the Shire for Devon in 1547; and his son, Sir Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron Chichester (1563-1625), an English administrator...
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Migration of the Chitester family to Ireland

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Migration of the Chitester family to Ireland


Some of the Chitester family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Chitester family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Chitester family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Chitester family to immigrate North America: James Chichester who settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Edward Chichester settled in Nevis in 1670; William Chichester settled in Virginia in 1652; J.W. Chichester settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chitester (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chitester (post 1700)


  • Bob Chitester, American founder of The Palmer R. Chitester Fund which had the initiatives: Free To Choose Media and izzit.org

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The Chitester Motto

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The Chitester Motto


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: Firm en foi
Motto Translation: Firm in faith.


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