The origins of the Chouse surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Chouse began when someone in that family worked as a cheese-maker or seller of cheese. The surname Chouse is derived from the Old English word cese
and the West Saxon word cyse,
which both mean cheese. Occupational
names frequently refer to the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The surname Chouse belongs to this class of names.
Early Origins of the Chouse family
The surname Chouse was first found in Norfolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Chouse family
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Chouse Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Chouse has appeared include Cheese, Chese, Chuse, Chouse, Cheser, Chesse and others.
Early Notables of the Chouse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chouse family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Chouse arrived in North America very early: Edmund Cheese who arrived in New York in 1832 and Robert Cheese in Mississippi in 1890.