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Where did the English Chrisman family come from? What is the English Chrisman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Chrisman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Chrisman family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Chrisman comes 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.


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 Chrisman has appeared include Christman, Christmann, Chrisman, Cristeman and many more.

First found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chrisman research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Chrisman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Chrisman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Chrisman arrived in North America very early:

Chrisman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Chrisman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Malbeth Chrisman, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Mr. Chrisman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Philip Chrisman, who landed in Mississippi in 1883


  • Jack Chrisman (1928-1989), American drag racer pioneer and champion
  • Paul Chrisman (b. 1949), best known by his stage name Woody Paul, American singer, fiddler, and composer
  • William Chrisman (1822-1897), American tobacco plantation owner, eponym of William Chrisman High School
  • Arthur Chrisman (1889-1953), American children's author, best known for his "Shen of the Sea: A Book for Children" (1925) for which he received the Newbery Medal in 1926


  • The Ancestors of Harriet Chrisman Ross by John Hal Connor.
  • A Chrisman/Christman Genealogy: The Descendants of Jacob Christman I, of Frederick County, Virginia by Glen Christman.

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The Chrisman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chrisman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2013 at 11:28.

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