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The name Churchwell is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a verger, who was responsible for showing the congregation to their seats and for the upkeep of the church buildings and surrounding grounds.

Churchwell Early Origins



The surname Churchwell was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Churchwell Spelling Variations


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Churchwell Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Churchwell include Churchward, Chirchewart, Cyrceweard, Circwoerd and others.

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Churchwell Early History


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Churchwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Churchwell research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1275 is included under the topic Early Churchwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Churchwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Churchwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Churchwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Churchwell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Churchwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuell Churchwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1651

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Contemporary Notables of the name Churchwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Churchwell (post 1700)



  • Robert Churchwell (b. 1972), retired American NBA basketball player
  • William Montgomery Churchwell (1826-1862), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee
  • Donnis Hanson "Bull" Churchwell (b. 1936), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • William Montgomery Churchwell (1826-1862), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Tennessee, 1851-55; U.S. Special Diplomatic Agent to Mexico, 1858
  • Birdia M. Churchwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Board of Education 4th District, 1992

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Churchwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Churchwell 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.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 10:28.

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