Chatham Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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The Anglo-Saxon name Chatham acquires from when the family resided in Cheetham, in the division of Lancashire.  It is from the place-name Cheetham that the family name is derived. Before English spelling standardised a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence.  Components of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. More common variations are: Cheatham, Chaitham, Chaotham, Chautham, Chatam, Chaeatham, Chetham, Chitham, Chattam, Chutham.

The surname Chatham first found in Lancashire at Cheetham, a township, in the church and union of Manchester, hundred of Salford.  Now part of Greater Manchester, Cheetham dates back to the late 12th century and meant homestead or hamlet by the wood called Chet,” from the Celtic word “ced” meaning “forest” and the Old English word ham.”

Some of the people with the name Chatham who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included John Chatham, who arrived in Maryland in 1658. People with the surname Chatham who landed in the United States in the 19th century included R F Chatham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.  Anne Chatham, aged 23, who emigrated to America from England, in 1892.  John G. Chatham, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Lincoln, in 1892.  Mrs Chatham, aged 25, who landed in America from Lincoln, in 1892.  Margt. Chatham, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894. Some of the people with the surname Chatham who arrived in the United States in the 20th century included James Chatham, aged 47, who landed in America from Edinburgh, in 1903.  Wilfred Chatham, aged 6, who settled in America from Gateshead, England, in 1904.  Some of the people with the surname Chatham who arrived in the Canada in the 20th century included Maud E. Chatham, aged 42, who settled in Edmonton, Canada, in 1914.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (Lancashire) Blazon: Sable a cross flory agent.

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