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Church Surname Meaning

English: topographic name mostly found in southern and midland England for someone who lived near a church or possibly an occupational name for someone who worked at a church such as a verger or sexton from Middle English chirche ‘church’. The word comes from Old English cyrice ultimately from medieval Greek kyrikon for earlier kyriakōn (dōma) ‘(house) of the Lord’ from kyrios ‘lord’. Compare Kirk . Americanized form (translation into English) of German Kirch .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Churchey, Court, Chuck, Churches, Crouch, Thurn, Horch, Upchurch

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Where is the Church family from?

You can see how Church families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Church family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Church families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,797 Church families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Church's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Church families in 1891.
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What did your Church ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Church. 9% of Church men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Church women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Church were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 364,000 census records available for the last name Church. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Church census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Church. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 64,000 military records available for the last name Church. For the veterans among your Church ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Church lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Church life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Church in 1941 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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