Chynoweth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Chynoweth family

The surname Chynoweth was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Chinouth. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Important Dates for the Chynoweth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chynoweth research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Chynoweth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chynoweth Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Chenouth, Chinouth, Chenow, Chenou and others.

Early Notables of the Chynoweth family (pre 1700)

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Chynoweth migration to the United States

An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Chynoweth:

Chynoweth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wm. Chynoweth, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • John Chynoweth, aged 23, who landed in America from Wendron, in 1898
Chynoweth Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Chynoweth, aged 22, who landed in America from Redruth, in 1907
  • Richard Chynoweth, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from St. Agnes, England, in 1910
  • Ivy Chynoweth, aged 17, who settled in America from Leicester, England, in 1911
  • Evelyn Chynoweth, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from St. Day, England, in 1912
  • Fred Chynoweth, aged 2, who landed in America from St. Day, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chynoweth migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chynoweth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Michael Chynoweth, (b. 1826), aged 20 born in St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 26th March 1846, sentenced for life for bestiality (savagely cruel), transported aboard the ship "Montagu" in 1852 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [1]
  • Mr. William Michael Chynoweth, (b. 1837), aged 15, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 26th March 1849, sentenced for life, transported aboard the ship "Lady Montagu" on 31st July 1852 to Van Dieman's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mrs. Mary Chynoweth, (b. 1816), aged 48, Cornish servant, from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Morning Star" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 3rd September 1864 [3]
  • Miss Caroline Chynoweth, (b. 1848), aged 16, Cornish housemaid, from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Morning Star" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 3rd September 1864 [3]
  • Mr. John Chynoweth, (b. 1850), aged 14, Cornish labourer, from St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Morning Star" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 3rd September 1864 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chynoweth (post 1700)

  • Brigadier-General Bradford Grethen Chynoweth (1890-1985), American Attached to Headquarters Army Service Forces (1946-1947) [4]
  • Rena Chynoweth, former American Mormon fundamentalist who shot dead Rulon C. Allred in 1977
  • Peter Chynoweth, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008 [5]
  • Neville James Chynoweth (b. 1922), Australian, was the 7th Bishop of Gippsland from 1980 to 1987
  • Ed Chynoweth (1941-2008), long time President of the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League
  • Dean Chynoweth (b. 1968), retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Robert Leslie "Bob" Chynoweth (b. 1941), Australian politician

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Citations

  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Bradford Chynoweth. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Chynoweth/Bradford_Grethen/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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