The origins of the Chorlton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family 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 Chorlton family
The surname Chorlton was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chorlton family
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Chorlton Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Chorlton were recorded, including Chorlton, Chorleton, Cherleton and others.
Early Notables of the Chorlton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chorlton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Chorlton family emigrate to North America:
Chorlton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Chorlton who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832
- Isaac Chorlton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860