Log in  | New? Register

8,940 CHESTNUT members around the world

Stay informed about CHESTNUT Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to CHESTNUT Family online & offline events

My CHESTNUT family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

CHESTNUT Family History

This most interesting name, although a rare English surname, is of Old French origin. It is a topographical name for "a dweller by the chestnut tree", from the Middle English "chesteine", from the Old French "chastaigne", ultimately deriving from the Greek "kastanea", meaning "nut of Castanaea", and in the modern sense means "chestnut". This was also found as "chester nut" in Middle English, while it was spelt "chesnut" until the early 19th Century. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous CHESTNUT (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the CHESTNUT tribe

  • Find your CHESTNUT ancestor
  • Tell us about your CHESTNUT Family
  • Tell us about your CHESTNUT ancestors
  • Ask a question about the CHESTNUT history
  • Leave a message for CHESTNUT family members
Star L Briggs

Hi, im putting together my family tree are there any other Chestnuts related directly to Needham Murphy Chestnut? Im a liitle confused there seems to be 3 but dates are rather close. Please help Star Chestnut


You are not register

Join Log in

Invite more CHESTNUT family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the CHESTNUT tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the CHESTNUT Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the CHESTNUT Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from