Churchyarde is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in or near the precincts of a church. Churchyarde 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 Churchyarde family
The surname Churchyarde 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 Churchyarde family
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Churchyarde 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 Churchyarde family name include Churchyard, Churchard, Chircheyerde, Kirkeyerde, Cykarth, Cyrkarth, Kirkeyerd and many more.
Early Notables of the Churchyarde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Churchyarde family to Ireland
Some of the Churchyarde 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 Churchyarde family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Churchyarde surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Churchyard who sailed to Virginia in 1654.