Today's generation of the Cholmondeley family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cholmondeley family lived in the township of Cholmondley in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
. The name is traditionally pronounced Chumley.
Early Origins of the Cholmondeley family
The surname Cholmondeley was first found in Cheshire
at Cholmondeley, a civil parish and village where they were "descended from the Barons of Malpas, and directly from Robert de Cholmondelegh, second son of William Belward, lord of a moiety of the Barony of Malpas, and younger brother of David the ancestor of the Egertons; which Robert was seated at Cholmondeley in the reign of King John." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The regal Cholmondeley Castle is now a country house located there with majestic formal gardens. The house has been a seat of the Cholmondeley family since the 12th century.
The parish of Delemere in Cheshire was home to a distinguished branch of the family. "On its inclosure it gave the title of Baron Delamere, of Vale Royal, to Thomas Cholmondeley, Esq., the proprietor of the ancient possessions of the Cistercian monks of Vale Royal, whose sumptuous abbey, completed in 1330 by Edward III., at a cost of £32,000, was dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, St. Nicholas, and St. Nichasius, and in the 26th of Henry VIII." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cholmondeley family
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Cholmondeley Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cholmondeley were recorded, including Chumley, Cholmondeley, Chamandy, Cholemley, Cholmeley, Cholmle, Cholmley and many more.
Early Notables of the Cholmondeley family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Cholmondeley (1460-1521), English farmer and soldier, who served as Lieutenant of the Tower of London; Robert Cholmondeley (1584-1659), created 1st Viscount Cholmondeley in 1628 and became 1st Earl of Leinster
(Ireland) and Baron
Cholmondeley (England) in 1645, Chief Justice of England
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Migration of the Cholmondeley family to Ireland
Some of the Cholmondeley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Cholmondeley family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cholmondeley arrived in North America very early: Margaret Cholmondely who settled in New England
in 1705; Joab Cholmley settled in Jamaica in 1684; Robert Cholmle settled in Virginia in 1623.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cholmondeley (post 1700)
- Thomas Cholmondeley (1767-1855), created 1st Baron Delamere in 1821
- David George Philip Cholmondeley (b. 1960), 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley Lord Great Chamberlain of England, member of the house of Lords
- Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist
- Thomas Patrick Gilbert Cholmondeley (1968-2016), Kenyan farmer, great-grandson of the Lord Delamere, heir to the Delamere title at the time of his death
- Lionel Berners Cholmondeley (1858-1945), younger brother of a British peer who became an Anglican minister
- Hugh Cholmondeley (1806-1815), British Dean of Chester Cathedral
- Hugh Cholmondeley (1870-1931), 3rd Baron Delamere, British settler in Kenya
- Hugh Cholmondeley (1811-1887), 2nd Baron Delamere, British peer and politician
- William Henry Hugh Cholmondeley (1800-1884), 3rd Marquess of Cholmondeley, was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament
- George Cholmondeley (1703-1770), 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley, British politician, Lord Privy Seal
The Cholmondeley 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: Cassis tutissima virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the safest helmet.