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