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Chitwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Chitwood family


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.

Early History of the Chitwood family


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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.

Early Notables of the Chitwood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Chitwood family to Ireland


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


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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Chitwood, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • John Chitwood, who settled in Barbados in 1694

Chitwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Chitwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Chitwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sophia Chitwood, who arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Arabic" from Liverpool, England [4]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, who 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-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, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Patricia" from Hamburg, Germany [6]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.).

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
  • Walter Randolph "Ranny" Chitwood, American cardiothoracic surgeon
  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • H. H. Chitwood, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Elizabeth Chitwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Chad Chitwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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.

The Chitwood 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


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ "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.).
  5. ^ "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.).
  6. ^ "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.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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