culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in
, where they took their name from the village of Churcham. The place-name is comprised of two elements:
was a Old English word for river meadow. The name meant "dweller by the church on the river meadow."
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Chychar have been found, including Churcher, Churchar, Churcham and others.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Chychar, or a variant listed above: Thomas Churcher who settled in Barbados in 1654; and a later Thomas arrived in Philadelphia in 1844.