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The name Churchman is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a churchwarden; the custodian of a church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Norman word kirkja, which meant church, and man, the Old English word for man. The original bearers of the name were responsible for taking care of the buildings and grounds of the local church, which was an honored occupation. The name is primarily found in the north of England, where the Old Norman language had a great impact due to the waves of immigration from Scandinavia in the 9th and 10th centuries. Norman is a contraction of Norsemen; we call them the Vikings. While they came for rapine and pillage, many of them stayed to raise families. There are many names in the north of England that show the influence of these settlers on the English language.

Churchman Early Origins



The surname Churchman was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from medieval times.

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Churchman Spelling Variations


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Churchman Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Churchman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Churchman include: Kirkman, Kirkeman, Kerman, Churchman, Kyrkman, Kyrkeman and many more.

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Churchman Early History


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Churchman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churchman research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1259, 1270, 1273, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Churchman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Churchman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Churchman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Churchman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Churchman or a variant listed above:

Churchman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Churchman, who arrived in America in 1632
  • Hugh Churchman, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Thomas Churchman, a bonded emigrant who arrived in Barbados in 1651
  • Ann Churchman who sailed to Virginia in 1663
  • Margaret Churchman, a bonded emigrant who arrived in Barbados in 1679

Churchman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Churchman, who came to Virginia in 1737

Churchman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • T C Churchman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Geffery Churchman, who arrived in Virginia in 1884

Churchman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Churchman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Sarah Churchman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Anne Churchman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Charlotte Churchman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Mary Louisa Churchman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Churchman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Churchman (post 1700)



  • James Churchman, American politician, U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, 1861-63
  • Ysanne Churchman (b. 1925), English voice actress and narrator, on British radio

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Suggested Readings for the name Churchman


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Suggested Readings for the name Churchman



  • The Browns and Churchmans of Nottingham: Chester County, Pennsylvania and Cecil County, Maryland by Amos Day Bradley.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Churchman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Churchman 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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