The surname name Chedgzoy does have many spellings but all mean the same and come from one original source.
Variants include:- CHEDZOY – CHEDZEY – CHIDZOY – CHIDZEY – CHEDSEY – CHEDGEY – CHIDGEY – CHEDGZOY. Plus many others.
There is a lot of discussion going on regarding the true meaning of the name. It is without doubt Anglo Saxon in origin. One train of thought is that it has a literal translation of Land Sea Under. One other possible meaning is from the Anglo Saxon Cedd – the island – of a man named Cedd. More research is needed to find out which train of thought is correct.
In the county of Somerset in England there is a small hamlet called Chedzoy, this is based within the Somerset levels and is below sea level. The area is prone to annual flooding and the village may just be high enough to become an island during the wet seasons.
However since writing the above a Mr Nigel Chidgey has come to light. His research in his name has provided us with a very good explanation of how the village became named Chedzoy.
So the research will continue and debates will get heated and if I find out the true meaning I will post it here.
So why the variants ?
This is simply because most people could not read or write, it would have been down to the Church Curates and Clerks to write into the records for births deaths and marriages the names of the parishioners. If the person had moved away from the area of Somerset then this would have been made even worse for the poor old Curates. The variants are his best guess of the spelling and it can even change throughout the life of the person.
I have ended up with a G in my name which makes it so difficult for people to spell. Ched (silent G) zoy. This can be even worse when people try to pronounce the name. This does not however mean that I am not related to Chedzoy’s or Chedsey’s it just means that you have to go further back to find the link. Today most people can read and write so the spellings remain with them for life and their children will also be correctly spelt.
It would appear that I can thank the Curate who married John Chedzoy to Ann Chedgzoy (his cousin) in 1821 for my spelling as this is the first time the G is spotted within parish records. All family trees seem to end up in one village Stoke St Gregory in Somerset.