The name Churcheyard is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or near the precincts of a church. Churcheyard 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 Churcheyard family
The surname Churcheyard was first found in Staffordshire
, where one of the first records of the name was John atte
Chircheyerde who was listed there in 1298.
Early History of the Churcheyard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churcheyard research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, 1520, 1606, 1631, 1520 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Churcheyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Churcheyard Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Churcheyard has been spelled many different ways, including Churchyard, Churchard, Chircheyerde, Kirkeyerde, Cykarth, Cyrkarth, Kirkeyerd and many more.
Early Notables of the Churcheyard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churcheyard family to Ireland
Some of the Churcheyard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 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 Churcheyard family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Churcheyards to arrive in North America: Thomas Churchyard who sailed to Virginia in 1654.