Anglo-Saxon name Churcherd comes from when the family resided in or near the precincts of a church. Churcherd 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 Churcherd 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 Churcherd family
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Churcherd Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Churcherd has been recorded under many different variations, including Churchyard, Churchard, Chircheyerde, Kirkeyerde, Cykarth, Cyrkarth, Kirkeyerd and many more.
Early Notables of the Churcherd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churcherd family to Ireland
Some of the Churcherd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Churcherd family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Churcherd or a variant listed above: Thomas Churchyard who sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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