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This surname CHATTINGTON was a locational name 'of Chadderton' a township in the parish of Oldham, County Lancashire, and of Catterton, a township in the parish of Healaugh in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name was derived from the Old English word CAETHAM, literally meaning the dweller near a forest. The earliest of the name on record is CETHAM (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented as Chatindone (without surname) in 1287, County Lancashire. Margaret de Chadreton of Chaderton, County Lancashire, was recorded in the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332. Willemus de Caterton of Yorkshire was documented in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 and William Chatterton (or Chadderton) born in 1540, was the bishop of Lincoln. He was born at Moston, near Chadderton. Thomas Chadderton was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1575. Robert Chaderton and Margaret Revell were married in London in the year 1569. John Wyllet and Margaret Chatterton (widow) were married at St. James's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1570. They were supposed to have been first introduced into coat armour at the time of the Crusades. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that surnames began to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in Cambridgeshire. Most of the place-names that yield surnames are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful surname only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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