Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Chrissmiss family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Chrissmiss was a name given to a person born at Christmas. During the Middle Ages, many nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal
services were fulfilled.
Early Origins of the Chrissmiss family
The surname Chrissmiss was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chrissmiss family
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Chrissmiss Spelling Variations
Chrissmiss has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Chrissmiss have been found, including Christmas, Cristmas, Cristmus, Christmus and many more.
Early Notables of the Chrissmiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chrissmiss family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Chrissmisss to arrive on North American shores: Isobel Christmas who settled in Virginia in 1642; Richard settled in Virginia in 1647; and H. Christmas arrived with his wife and two children in New York in 1820..