Show ContentsChysnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Chysnall is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the farmstead of Chisnall which was in the township of Coppull in the parish of Standish in Lancashire. [1] The surname Chysnall 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 Chysnall family

The surname Chysnall was first found in Lancashire, at Chisenhall. One of the first records of the family was found in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire where Roger de Chysenhale was listed 1284-1285. [1]

Edward Chisenhall was recorded here in 1646. Some of the family were also found in Cheshire as the Will at Chester recorded Alice Chisnall, of Chisnall, widow, 1607; and Humphrey Chisnall, of Coppull, 1610. [2]

Early History of the Chysnall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chysnall research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1362, 1607, 1610, 1653, 1653, 1689 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Chysnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chysnall 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 Chysnall 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 Chysnall include: Chisnall, Chisnell, Chesnall, Chesenhall, Chesnal, Chesnall, Chisenhall, Chysenhale and many more.

Early Notables of the Chysnall family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Edward Chisenhall or Chisenhale (d. 1653?), English historian, the eldest son of Edward Chisenhall, esq. of Chisenhall, Lancashire. "He bore a colonel's commission for Charles I in the civil war, and was in Lathom House...
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Migration of the Chysnall family

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 Chysnall or a variant listed above: Martha Chisnell, who settled in America in 1758; Johanna Chisnall, who arrived in America in 1765; Peter Chisnall, who settled in America in 1770; George Chisnell, who came to Allegheny Co., PA in 1880.

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook