Church Family History

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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

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

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Church Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Church name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Church. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Church Family Origin

Where is the Church family from?

Church Family Occupations

What did your Church ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Church family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Church. The most common Church occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Church's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Church ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Church Historical Records

What Church family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Church Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Church ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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