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Churcher is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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."

Churcher Early Origins



The surname Churcher 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.

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Churcher Spelling Variations


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Churcher Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Churcher family name include Churcher, Churchar, Churcham and others.

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Churcher Early History


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Churcher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churcher research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Churcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Churcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Churcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Churcher Notables 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Churcher surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Churcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Churcher who settled in Barbados in 1654

Churcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Churcher, who landed in America in 1765

Churcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Churcher arrived in Philadelphia in 1844

Churcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emery Churcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  • William Churcher, aged 28, a plasterer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Churcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Churcher (post 1700)



  • Elizabeth Ann Dewar "Betty" Churcher AO (1931-2015), née Cameron, an Australian arts administrator, director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Churcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Churcher 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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