Chorlton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Chorlton family

The surname Chorlton was first found in Somerset where Alan de Cherleton, was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [2]

Important Dates for the Chorlton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chorlton research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1327, 1377, 1380, 1419, 1603, 1666, 1705, 1682, 1687 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Chorlton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Distinguished members of the family include John Chorlton (1666-1705), an English Presbyterian minister and tutor from Salford, Greater Manchester. "He was educated for the ministry in the northern academy under Richard Frankland, M.A., the date of his admission...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chorlton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chorlton migration to the United States

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

Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
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