Churchill Family History

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Churchill Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Churchill, for example in Devon, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Worcestershire. Most were probably originally named with a Celtic element crug ‘hill’ (which early on was reinterpreted as Old English cyrice ‘church’), to which was added Old English hyll ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Thornhill, Barnhill, Tuthill, Churchwell, Coghill, Birchall, Hugill

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Churchill Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Churchill name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Churchill. 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


  • France


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Churchill Family Origin

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Churchill Family Occupations

What did your Churchill ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Churchill occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Churchill's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Churchill family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Churchill.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Churchill Historical Records

What Churchill family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 179,000 census records available for the last name Churchill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Churchill 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Churchill. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Churchill. For the veterans among your Churchill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Churchill Life Expectancy

What is the average Churchill lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Churchill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Churchill in 1945 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Churchill 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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