The ancestry of the name Churches dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a church. The surname Churches is derived from the old English word cyrice,
which is itself derived from the Late Greek word kyrikon,
which means house of the Lord.
Churches therefore belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The Aglish surname is only found in Ireland
where it is one of the few times an English name has been translated into Irish (eaglais, pronounced aglish, Gaelic for a church)
Early Origins of the Churches family
The surname Churches was first found in principally in Somerset
but also many counties of England
. One of the first records of the name was Thomas Attechurche who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of Worcester in 1296. The "atte" prefix was quite popular for this surname at that time. Henry atte
Churche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1368. Henry of the Chirche was listed in 1368. In Norfolk
, records there show John Atte-cherch was rector of Metton in 1338.
Early History of the Churches family
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Churches Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Churches have been found, including Church, Churche, Churchey, Aglish (Ireland) and others.
Early Notables of the Churches family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churches family to Ireland
Some of the Churches family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 267 words (19 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 Churches family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Churches Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- G Churches, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
- Joseph Churches, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
The Churches Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Virtue