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Where did the English Chittum family come from? What is the English Chittum family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chittum family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chittum family history?

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.

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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.

First found in Lancashire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chittum research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chittum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chittum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Chittum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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..

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  • 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


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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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The Chittum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chittum 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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