culture. The name comes from when they lived in
, where they took their name from the village of Churcham. The place-name is comprised of two elements:
was a Old English word for river meadow. The name meant "dweller by the church on the river meadow."
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Chircher include Churcher, Churchar, Churcham and others.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Churcher who settled in Barbados in 1654; and a later Thomas arrived in Philadelphia in 1844.