The name Chussell is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Chishall, two parishes in the county of Essex
. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived. Today, Fort Chiswell is located in Wythe County, Virginia, United States and was originally a frontier fort built in 1758 during the French and Indian War; and the Chiswell Islands are a group of rocky, uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Alaska. Unfortunately, the reason for the named locations has been lost.
Early Origins of the Chussell family
The surname Chussell was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Chiswell Green is a village, in St Albans, Hertfordshire
which dates back to 1782. The name was thought to have been derived from "the gravelly spring or stream" from the Old English "cis" + "wella" + "green." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Chussell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chussell research.Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1673 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Chussell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chussell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Chussell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Chussell include: Chiswell, Chissell, Chishull, Chussell and others.
Early Notables of the Chussell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chussell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Chussell or a variant listed above: James Chisel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1838.