Chrisman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Chrisman family

The surname Chrisman was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Chrisman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chrisman research. Another 26 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1202 and 1275 are included under the topic Early Chrisman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Chrisman family (pre 1700)

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

United States Chrisman migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Malbeth Chrisman, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Mr. Chrisman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Philip Chrisman, who landed in Mississippi in 1883 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chrisman (post 1700) +

  • 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

Suggested Readings for the name Chrisman +

  • 4248 "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.

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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