culture. It comes from when the family 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churchan research.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1659 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Churchan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Churchan were recorded, including Churcher, Churchar, Churcham and others.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Churchan family emigrate to North America: Thomas Churcher who settled in Barbados in 1654; and a later Thomas arrived in Philadelphia in 1844.