Chodrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Chodrell belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Derbyshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Chodrell family
The surname Chodrell was first found in Derbyshire where "the family are traced to the Peak of Derbyshire in the year 1286, and there till the latter end of the XVIII century the elder line continued. William Juaderell, the head of the family, temp. Edward III, served under the Black Prince in the wars in France." 
Yeardsley in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "The lands [of Yeardsley] appear to have been the property of the Jodrells since the time of Henry VI.: Sir Francis Jodrell, of Henbury, is the present proprietor." 
Early History of the Chodrell family
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Chodrell 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 Chodrell include Jodrell, Jaderell, Jaudrell, Jawdrell, Jodrel and others.
Early Notables of the Chodrell family
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Migration of the Chodrell 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 Chodrell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth Jodrell settled in Barbados in 1672.
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: Non sibi sed patriae natus
Motto Translation: Not born for himself, but for his country.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.