The origins of the Churchan name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in Gloucestershire
, where they took their name from the village of Churcham. The place-name is comprised of two elements: church
and hamm. Church
meant just that, and hamm
was a Old English word for river meadow. The name meant "dweller by the church on the river meadow."
Early Origins of the Churchan family
The surname Churchan was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Churchan family
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Churchan Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Churchan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churchan family to Ireland
Some of the Churchan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Churchan family to the New World and Oceana
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.