Arabella Churchill

Brief Life History of Arabella

When Arabella Churchill was born on 23 February 1648, in Musbury, Devon, England, United Kingdom, her father, Sir Winston Churchill 'Cavalier Colonel' Earl of Marlborough, was 27 and her mother, Elizabeth Drake of Brantfield, was 26. She married Charles Godfrey on 1 June 1680, in Minories, London, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died on 4 May 1730, in Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 82.

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Charles Godfrey
Arabella Churchill
Marriage: 1 June 1680
Charlotte Godfrey
Francis Godfrey
Elizabeth Godfrey
Diana Godfrey

Sources (27)

  • Arabella Churchill, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Westminster, London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1558-1812
  • Arabella Churchill Stuart Godfrey, "Find A Grave Index"

Name Meaning

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

Americanized form (translation into English) of Finnish Kirkkomäki: ornamental or topographic name from kirkko ‘church’ + mäki ‘hill’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Royal Mistress. Born in Musbury, Devonshire, England the daughter of Elizabeth Drake and Winston Churchill, one of the five surviving of their twelve children. She served as a Maid of Honor to Anne, D …

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