The ancient name of Churchward finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a verger, who was responsible for showing the congregation to their seats and for the upkeep of the church buildings and surrounding grounds.
Early Origins of the Churchward family
The surname Churchward was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Churchward family
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Churchward 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 Churchward family name include Churchward, Chirchewart, Cyrceweard, Circwoerd and others.
Early Notables of the Churchward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churchward family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Churchward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- W. Churchward who sailed to Quebec in 1784
- Widow Churchward, who landed in Quebec in 1784
Churchward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- J. E. Churchward, May Churchward, and Robert Churchward who were all on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Churchward (post 1700)
- H. J. Churchward, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Senator from Washington, 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- George Jackson Churchward (1857-1933), English locomotive engineer
- Joseph Churchward QSM (b. 1933), Samoan New Zealander graphic designer and typesetter
- James Churchward (1851-1936), British born occult writer
The Churchward 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: Suaviter in modo
Motto Translation: Gentle in manner.