Cholton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived at Chorlton, in the county of Lancashire
. The name was originally derived from the elements churl
, meaning peasant and tun
, meaning enclosure or settlement. Such a name would have been given to someone who lived in a peasant town
Early Origins of the Cholton family
The surname Cholton was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Cholton family
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Cholton Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cholton family name include Chorlton, Chorleton, Cherleton and others.
Early Notables of the Cholton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cholton family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cholton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Chorlton who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832; and Isaac Chorlton, who came to Philadelphia in 1860.