Anglo-Saxon name Churchard comes from the family having resided in or near the precincts of a church. Churchard belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Churchard family
Staffordshire, where one of the first records of the name was John atte Chircheyerde who was listed there in 1298.
Early History of the Churchard family
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Churchard Spelling Variations
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. Spelling variants included: Churchyard, Churchard, Chircheyerde, Kirkeyerde, Cykarth, Cyrkarth, Kirkeyerd and many more.
Early Notables of the Churchard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churchard family to Ireland
Some of the Churchard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Churchard family to the New World and Oceana
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 Churchards to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Churchyard who sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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