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The ancient and distinguished surname Upchurch is Old English in origin, tracing its history back to the time of Anglo-Saxon England. The name means "of Upshire," and refers to someone from the hamlet Upshire in county Essex. It is also possible that the name sometimes means "of Upchurch," referring in this case to someone from the parish of Upchurch in county Kent, but the Essex variation is considered the parent.

Upchurch Early Origins



The surname Upchurch was first found in Essex, where John Upchar was reportedly living in 1420, according to "A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds." The Upchurch family held a family seat in this region from early times, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval English society.

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Upchurch Spelling Variations


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Upchurch Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Upsher, Upcher, Upshar, Upchar, Upshire, Upchurch and others.

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Upchurch Early History


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Upchurch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Upchurch research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1620, 1639, 1674, and 1849 are included under the topic Early Upchurch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Upchurch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Upchurch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Upchurch 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Upchurch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mich Upchurch, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Mich Upchurch, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Upchurch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Upchurch settled in Virginia in 1746

Upchurch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George J Upchurch, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Charles W Upchurch, who landed in America, in 1918
  • John Upchurch, aged 34, who settled in America from Winchester, England, in 1919
  • P.F. Upchurch, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States to settle in Apex, North Carolina, in 1922

Upchurch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. L. W. Upchurch arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Shepherd" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Upchurch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Upchurch (post 1700)



  • Avery C. Upchurch (1928-1994), American Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from 1983 to 1993
  • Carl Douglass Upchurch (1950-2003), American activist, author and educator
  • Jefferson Woodrow "Woody" Upchurch (1911-1971), American Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for three games for the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1935 season
  • Greg David Upchurch (b. 1971), American percussionist, current drummer for 3 Doors Down
  • Richard “Rick” Upchurch (b. 1952), former professional American football player
  • John David Upchurch, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 51st District, 1938; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 24th District, 1948, 1950
  • Hamilton D. Upchurch, American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 28th District; Elected 1978
  • Frank D. Upchurch, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1948, 1952 (alternate)
  • E. F. Upchurch, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 18th District, 1915-16
  • Avery C. Upchurch, American politician, Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, 1983-93
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Upchurch


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Suggested Readings for the name Upchurch



  • Families and Kin of Elias Stockton, Moses, Dickey, and James Upchurch, Cherokee County, Texas, Pioneers by Mae Gean Pettit.

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Upchurch Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Upchurch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Upchurch 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 16 November 2015 at 11:33.

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