Chittum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Chittum belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Cheetham, in the county of Lancashire. It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Chittum family
The surname Chittum was first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the parish and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford.  Now part of Greater Manchester, Cheetham dates back to the late 12th century and literally meant "homestead or village by the wood called Chet," from the Celtic word "ced" meaning "forest" and the Old English word "ham."  The ancient archeological site Cheetham Close, a megalithic site and scheduled ancient monument is nearby and is generally thought to have been a druidical ritual place with a Roman road passed 'within two hundred yards' of the megalith. As far as the surname is concerned, one of the first records was Geoffrey de Chetham who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. Over one hundred years later, Thomas de Cheteham was listed in Lancashire in 1394.  Another branch of the family was found at Allerton in Lancashire. "At the time of the Domesday Survey, three thanes held 'Alretune;' which was in the possession of Geoffrey de Chetham in the reign of Henry III." 
Early History of the Chittum family
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Chittum Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Chittum include Chetham, Cheetham, Cheetam, Cheetum and others.
Early Notables of the Chittum family
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edward Chetham; and Colonel John Chetham of Southhill House in Somerset, from a branch of the Derbyshire family.
Humphrey Chetham, (1580-1653), was founder of the Chetham Hospital and Library, fifth son of Henry Chetham of Crumpsall Hall, near Mandiester, a prosperous merchant of that town. He was baptised at the collegiate church of Manchester on 10 July 1580. He received his education at the Manchester grammar school under Dr. Thomas Cogan. "For several years before his death he had 'taken up and maintained' twenty-two poor boys of Manchester, Salford, and Droylsden; and...
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In the United States, the name Chittum is the 18,293rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Chittum family to Ireland
Some of the Chittum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chittum family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Chittum were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Samuel and William Chettum who settled in New England in 1748; Philip Chetham arrived in Philadelphia in 1811; Edward, James, John, Thomas, and William Cheetham all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860..
|Contemporary Notables of the name Chittum (post 1700)
- Thomas W. Chittum, American author, military analyst and former mercenary
- Nelson Boyd Chittum (b. 1933), American former Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox who played from 1958 to 1960
- Loretta Petty Chittum, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2004 
- John A. Chittum, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1916 
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: Quod tuum tenne
Motto Translation: Hold what is yours
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