The ancient history of the Chuddelay name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the township of Chidlow, which was in the parish of Malpas in Cheshire
. The surname Chuddelay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Chuddelay family
The surname Chuddelay was first found in Devon
at Chudleigh, a market-town and parish, in the union of Newton-Abbott, hundred
of Exminster, Teignbridge. "This place, anciently called Chidleighe, was the residence of the bishops of Exeter
, who had a sumptuous palace, of which there are some small remains." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
The parish dates back to at least c. 1150 when it was named Ceddelegam, and literally means "clearing of a man called Ciedda," or "clearing in a hollow," from the Old English personal name or Old English word "ceod(e)" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Half a mile from the town is Chudleigh Rock, a stupendous mass of limestone, in which is a cavern of considerable extent; and near it are very perfect remains of an elliptical encampment, supposed from its form to be of Danish origin, but, from its proximity to a Roman road, to have been previously occupied by that people." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Chuddelay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chuddelay research.Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1658, 1601, 1625, 1606, 1634, 1628, 1629, 1618, 1643, 1656, 1710, 1612 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Chuddelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chuddelay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Chuddelay include Chudleigh, Chudley, Chidley, Chiderleigh, Chidelly, Chudley and many more.
Early Notables of the Chuddelay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir George Chudleigh, 1st Baronet
(c.1578-1658), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1601 and 1625, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir John Chudleigh (1606-1634), an English politician who sat in the House of... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chuddelay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chuddelay family to Ireland
Some of the Chuddelay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Chuddelay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chuddelay or a variant listed above: Catherine Chidley who settled in Virginia in 1685; John Chidley settled in Virginia in 1737.