The ancestors of the bearers of the Chorltun family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Chorltun family
The surname Chorltun was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chorltun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chorltun research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1327, 1377, 1380, 1419, 1603, 1666 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Chorltun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chorltun Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chorltun include Chorlton, Chorleton, Cherleton and others.
Early Notables of the Chorltun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chorltun family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chorltun or a variant listed above: John Chorlton who arrived in Philadelphia in 1832; and Isaac Chorlton, who came to Philadelphia in 1860.