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Where did the English Churchley family come from? What is the English Churchley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Churchley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Churchley family history?The history of the Churchley family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the parish of Kirkley in the county of Suffolk as well as in Kirkley a township in the parish of Ponteland in the county of Northumberland.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Churchley include Kirkley, Kirkly, Kirklee, Kirkele, Kirkelee and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churchley research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1223, 1273, 1639, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Churchley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Churchley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Churchley or a variant listed above: S. Kirtley who sailed to San Francisco in 1852 and John George Kirtley who arrived in New Brunswick in 1902.
The Churchley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Churchley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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