Chas's Home - Chasmer the Family name.
Some interesting information gathered from a family name tracer.
(page last updated: 06/02/2000).
This unusual surname, recorded in Church Registers of South East England from the mid 16th
century under the variant spellings Chasemoore, Chasmore, Chassmore and Chasemore is of early
medieval English origin, and is a locational name from some minor, unrecorded or now lost
place believed to have been in Surrey because of the high incidence of early recordings in tha
county. The component elements of the place name are most likely the Middle English "chase",
hunt (Old French chase from chaser meaning to hunt), with the Middle English "more" (Old
English pre 17th century "mor".), more, waste upland, fen; hence "moor of the hunt of chase".
Locational surnames such as this were originally local landowners and the Lord of the Manor
and especially as a means of identification to those who left their birthplace to settle
elsewhere. In some cases however the surname may be topographical from residence by a moor
where hunting was practised. On January 16th 1570, Augnes, daughter of Willia Chasmore was
christened at West Clandon in Surrey, England. The christening of Nicholas, son of James
Chasmer took place at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, on the 11th January 1606.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Chasmore
dated July 19th 1545 in Abinger Surrey during the reign of King Henry VIII 1507 - 1547
Robert Chasmer -
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