Churchwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Churchwell family
The surname Churchwell was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Churchwell family
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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.
Early Notables of the Churchwell family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Churchwell is the 7,848th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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
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.