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The ancient history of the Chitwood name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in or near the settlement of Chetwood in the county of Buckinghamshire. The Chitwood family is said to have resided there for at least 26 generations. The surname Chitwood belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Chitwood Early Origins



The surname Chitwood was first found in Buckinghamshire where they descend from Robert de Thain, who held Chetwode under the Bishop of Baieux in the time of William the Conqueror. John de Chetwode during the reign of Edward III married the heiress of Oakley, of Oakley of Staffordshire. "This manor of Chetwode, as appears to me, has been in the possession and inheritance of the Chetwodes longer than any estate or manor in this county of Buckingham has continued the property of any other family now there existing." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"Sir John Chetwode, Bart., is lord of the manor, and principal landed proprietor [of Lower Whitley, Cheshire]." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Chitwood Spelling Variations


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Chitwood Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chitwood include Chetwode, Chetwood, Chetwoode, Chitwood, Chitwode and others.

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Chitwood Early History


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Chitwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chitwood research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 179 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Chitwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chitwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chitwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Chitwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chitwood In Ireland


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Chitwood In Ireland



Some of the Chitwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chitwood or a variant listed above:

Chitwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Chitwood, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • William Chitwood settled in Virginia in 1636
  • John Chitwood settled in Barbados in 1694

Chitwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Chitwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1702

Chitwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sophia Chitwood, arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN9H-BPV : 6 December 2014), Sophia Chitwood, 18 Sep 1904; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Oliver Chitwood, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Patricia" from Hamburg, Germany [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNY6-K4X : 6 December 2014), Oliver Chitwood, 11 Sep 1913; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Patricia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Agnes Chitwood, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Patricia" from Hamburg, Germany [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNY6-K4F : 6 December 2014), Agnes Chitwood, 11 Sep 1913; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Patricia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chitwood (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chitwood (post 1700)



  • Joie Chitwood III, American President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • William Hewlitt "Bill" Chitwood (b. 1891), American fiddle player from Resaca, Georgia
  • Christina Chitwood (b. 1990), American ice dancer
  • George Rice "Joie" Chitwood (1912-1988), American racecar driver and founding daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show
  • Joseph Howard Chitwood (b. 1877), American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1907-08; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, 1920-21, 1934-40
  • H. H. Chitwood, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932
  • Elizabeth Chitwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • Chad Chitwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004
  • Walter Randolph "Ranny" Chitwood, American cardiothoracic surgeon

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Suggested Readings for the name Chitwood


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Suggested Readings for the name Chitwood



  • 1988 Update of the Family of Squire and Mary Wray Chitwood by Margaret C. Pope.
  • Chitwood Family (and Related Lines) by Jean Cragun Tombaugh.

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Motto


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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: Corona mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my crown.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN9H-BPV : 6 December 2014), Sophia Chitwood, 18 Sep 1904; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arabic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNY6-K4X : 6 December 2014), Oliver Chitwood, 11 Sep 1913; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Patricia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNY6-K4F : 6 December 2014), Agnes Chitwood, 11 Sep 1913; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Patricia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. 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.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Chitwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chitwood 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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