The ancient roots of the Ackirk family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Ackirk comes from when the family lived near a church. The surname Ackirk is derived from the old English word cyrice,
which is itself derived from the Late Greek word kyrikon,
which means house of the Lord.
Ackirk therefore belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The Aglish surname is only found in Ireland
where it is one of the few times an English name has been translated into Irish (eaglais, pronounced aglish, Gaelic for a church)
Early Origins of the Ackirk family
The surname Ackirk was first found in principally in Somerset
but also many counties of England
. One of the first records of the name was Thomas Attechurche who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of Worcester in 1296. The "atte" prefix was quite popular for this surname at that time. Henry atte
Churche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1368. Henry of the Chirche was listed in 1368. In Norfolk
, records there show John Atte-cherch was rector of Metton in 1338.
Early History of the Ackirk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackirk research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1338, 1388, 1639, 1718, 1676, and 1903 are included under the topic Early Ackirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ackirk Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Ackirk has appeared include Church, Churche, Churchey, Aglish (Ireland) and others.
Early Notables of the Ackirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ackirk family to Ireland
Some of the Ackirk family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 267 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ackirk family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ackirk arrived in North America very early: Richard Church who settled in Plymouth in the year 1630; who arrived in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630. He was admitted as a freeman of the Colony in 1633. He built the first Church of Dover in 1662. He was taken by Indians, escaped and was finally killed twenty years later by Indians in his own home. Richard Church settled in Virginia in 1630.
The Ackirk Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Virtue