The name Chris is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the personal name Christman,
which is more-or-less equivalent to Christian,
which was once a popular personal name
. The suffix -man
means servant. Christman
was a popular German name, and was probably imported from that country.
Early Origins of the Chris family
The surname Chris was first found in Hampshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Chris family
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Chris Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chris include Christman, Christmann, Chrisman, Cristeman and many more.
Early Notables of the Chris family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chris family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Chris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mathias Chris, aged 50, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)