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."
Early Origins of the Churcher family
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.
Early History of the Churcher family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churcher research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1659 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Churcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
Early Notables of the Churcher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churcher family to Ireland
Some of the Churcher 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 Churcher family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Churcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Churcher, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1844
Churcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Emery Churcher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 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, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml
Contemporary Notables of the name Churcher (post 1700)
- Teresa Churcher, English actress from St Albans, Hertfordshire, known for her roles in Gosford Park (2001), The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Oliver Twist (2005)
- Major-General John Bryan Churcher CB DSO (1905-1997), British Army officer who during World War II commanded the 159th Infantry Brigade during the campaign in Northwest Europe
- Harry Churcher (1910-1972), British racewalker in the 10 km walk at the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Charles Churcher (1873-1951), British sports shooter in the team 300 metre free rifle event at the 1908 Summer Olympics
- Christine Churcher (b. 1954), Ghana politician, Ministry of Education (2001-2005)
- Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Arthur Ernest Churcher (1871-1951), British Army officer, political officer and Mayor of Windsor
- Peter Churcher (b. 1964), Australian artist from Brisbane, Queensland, a realist painter who paints portraits and figures, son of Betty Churcher
- Elizabeth Ann Dewar "Betty" Churcher AO (1931-2015), née Cameron, an Australian arts administrator, best known as director of the National Gallery of Australia from 1990 to 1997