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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Church
  1. A building set apart for Christian worship.
  2. A Jewish or heathen temple.(Obs)
  3. A formally organized body of Christian believers worshiping together."When they had ordained them elders in every church." [Acts xiv. 23.]
  4. A body of Christian believers, holding the same creed, observing the same rites, and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a denomination; as, the Roman Catholic church; the Presbyterian church .
  5. The collective body of Christians.
  6. Any body of worshipers; as, the Jewish church; the church of Brahm.
  7. The aggregate of religious influences in a community; ecclesiastical influence, authority, etc.; as, to array the power of the church against some moral evil."Remember that both church and state are properly the rulers of the people, only because they are their benefactors." [Bulwer.]

Note: Church is often used in composition to denote something belonging or relating to the church; as, church authority; church history; church member; church music, etc.

Etymology: OE. chirche chireche cherche, Scot. kirk, from AS. circe cyrice; akin to D. kerk, Icel. kirkja, Sw. kyrka, Dan. kirke, G. kirche, OHG. chirihha; all fr. Gr. kyriako`n the Lord's house, fr. kyriako`s concerning a master or lord, fr. ky`rios master, lord, fr. ky^ros power, might; akin to Skr. çūra hero, Zend. çura strong, OIr. caur cur, hero. Cf. Kirk

verb Church
To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A service conducted in a house of worship ("don't be late for church")
  2. A place for public (especially Christian) worship ("the church was empty")
  3. One of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
  4. The body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church ("our church is hosting a picnic next week")
  5. Perform a special church rite or service for ("church a woman after childbirth")
  1. A surname​.
  2. (used with "the") A specific church (Christian religious denomination), such as the Church of England or the Catholic Church.
  3. A village near Accrington in Lancashire, England.

Notable Persons Named Church

Church was born on March 16th, 1923. He left this life on March 31st, 1999.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Church

Angelica was given the name Angelica Schuyler by her parent Philip Schuyler on February 20th, 1756 in Albany, New York. She left this life on March 13th, 1814.


Eric Church is a country music, country rock, outlaw country, southern rock, bluegrass music, rock music, and heavy metal music musician. His ongoing career started in 2005. Eric was given the name Kenneth Eric Church on May 3rd, 1977 in Granite Falls, North Carolina, U.S.


Thomas Haden Church is an actor, director, and writer. His ongoing career started in 1989. Thomas was given the name Thomas Richard McMillen on June 17th, 1960 in Woodland, California, USA.


Charlotte Church is a current material: pop, indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock, earlier material: classical, classical crossover, operatic pop, celtic, pop music, classical music, crossover music, and celtic music musician. Her ongoing career started in 1997. Charlotte was given the name Charlotte Maria Reed on February 21st, 1986 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales.


Simon Church is a soccer player for the Aberdeen F.C., Milton Keynes Dons F.C., Wycombe Wanderers F.C., Reading F.C., Crewe Alexandra F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Leyton Orient F.C., Huddersfield Town A.F.C., Charlton Athletic F.C., Wales national under-21 football team, and Wales national football. Simon was born on December 10th, 1988 in Amersham, England.


Frederic Edwin Church was an artist in the fields of landscape painting and painting. Frederic was born on May 4th, 1826 in Hartford, Connecticut. He passed away on April 7th, 1900.


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Popularity of Church as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Church U.S.
  White 89.18% 64.26%
  African American 5.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.63% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Church

People with the last name Church are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Church

  • How Popular is the name Church? Church is the 71,488th most popular name of all time. As a last name Church was the 966th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Church have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11 babies born with the first name Church in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Church? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Church first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Church is Sunday, July 16th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Church born? The highest recorded use of the first name Church was in 2016 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Church: Your name in reverse order is Hcruhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hcrhcu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Church? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 36,072 people with the last name Church.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Church? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Church as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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