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The Anglo-Saxon name Church comes from the family having resided near a church. The surname Church is derived from the old English word cyrice, which is itself derived from the Late Greek word kyrikon, which means house of the Lord. Church 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)

Church Early Origins



The surname Church 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 of Sussex in 1368. Henry of the Chirche was listed in 1368. In Norfolk, records there show John Atte-cherch was rector of Metton in 1338.

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Church Spelling Variations


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Church Spelling Variations



Church has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Church, Churche, Churchey, Aglish (Ireland) and others.

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Church Early History


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Church Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Church 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 Church History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Church Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Church Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Church Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Church In Ireland


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Church In Ireland



Some of the Church 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Churchs to arrive on North American shores:

Church Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • 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 and 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
  • John Church settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Garrett Church, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Richard Church, who arrived in Hartford, Conn in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Church Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Church, who arrived in New England in 1732
  • Oliver Church, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1775
  • Benjamin Church, who arrived in New York in 1796
  • William, Church Jr., who arrived in America in 1797

Church Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lapil Church, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • James Church, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Robert Church, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. Church, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • William Church, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Church Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Constant Church, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Edward Church, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Edward Church, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Jonathan Church, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • William Church, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Church Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Church, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • William Church arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Munson Church, who landed in Canada in 1834

Church Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Church, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Mary Church arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • George Church, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"
  • Thomas Church, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Church Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Church landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Church landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Church, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Jane Church, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • William Church, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Church (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Church (post 1700)



  • George W. Church Sr. (1903-1956), American founder of Church's Chicken, a chain of franchised fried chicken restaurants in 1952
  • George McDonald Church (b. 1954), American geneticist, molecular engineer, and chemist, founder of the Personal Genome Project
  • Frederick Stuart Church (1842-1924), American artist
  • Frank Forrester Church III (1924-1984), American lawyer and politician, United States Senator from Idaho (1957-1981), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1979-1981)
  • Frederick A. Church (1878-1936), American engineer and early roller coaster designer
  • Francis Pharcellus Church (1839-1906), American publisher and editor
  • Kenneth Eric Church (b. 1977), American country music singer and songwriter
  • Ellen Church (1904-1965), American pioneer, the first female flight attendant
  • Doug Church (b. 1968), American computer game designer and producer
  • Dr. Benjamin Church (1734-1778), American physician, Chief Physician & Director General of the Medical Service of the Continental Army in 1775, essentially the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Church


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Suggested Readings for the name Church



  • The Man Who Owned the Pistols: John Barker Church and His Family by Helene C. Phelan.
  • A Record of an Old-Established Retail and Glass Business by Wilfred Spencer Church.
  • The Browns and Churchmans of Nottingham: Chester County, Pennsylvania and Cecil County, Maryland by Amos Day Bradley.

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Motto


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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:
Motto Translation: Virtue


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

The Church Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Church 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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