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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

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