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Church Family History

Church Name Meaning
English: topographic surname for someone who lived near a church. The word comes from Old English cyrice, ultimately from medieval Greek kyrikon, for earlier kyriakon (doma) ‘(house) of the Lord’, from kyrios ‘lord’.Translation of German Kirch.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Church Families

  • Number of Church families
     330 - 658
     111 - 329
     1 - 110
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Church families
     900 - 1,797
     301 - 899
     1 - 300
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Church families
     38 - 73
     13 - 37
     1 - 12
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Church Family Origin

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Church Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Church

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Church Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Church Civil War Service Records

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