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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shute, Chute, Chewte, Shutes and others.

First found in Wiltshire at Chute, a civil parish that includes the village of Upper Chute and the smaller settlements of Lower Chute, Chute Standen, Chute Cadley and Chute Forest. Alternatively the name could have originated from Shute, a parish, in the union of Axminster, hundred of Colyton in Devon. This place name dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Schieta and literally meant "the corner or angle of land." [1] The Old Shute House located nearby is now an impressive edifice that dates back to a simple building built in 1380. It is currently held by the National Trust.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Choate research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1268, 1506, 1567, 1542, 1545, 1584, 1590, 1595, 1563, 1588, 1643, 1659, 1654, 1659, 1632, 1666, 1659, 1661, 1662, 1742, 1665, 1722, 1696 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Choate History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 291 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Choate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Choate family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Choate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Choate settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1643
  • John Choate, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1643

Choate Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Riduran Choate, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Thomas Choate, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Mr. Choate, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Staff Sergeant Clyde L Choate, American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • George C. S. Choate (1827-1896), American physician
  • Rufus Choate (1799-1859), American lawyer, US Senator and US Representative from Massachusetts
  • Joseph Hodges Choate (1832-1917), American lawyer and politician
  • Pat Choate (b. 1941), American economist and politician


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: Fortune de guerre
Motto Translation: The fortune of war.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. 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.
  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. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Choate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Choate 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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