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Re: Josiah (Josias) Churchill (ca. 1613 - 1686)
Posted by: W. G. Churchill (ID *****7140) Date: October 03, 2011 at 19:38:16
In Reply to: Josiah (Josias) Churchill (ca. 1613 - 1686) by Kristin Anderson of 3037

I can provide background that could provide insight for your family use of the name Spenser. Way back in the 17th Century the first Sir Winston Churchill had a son John who became the 1st Duke of Marlborough and married a Sarah Jennings. They had a daughter Anne who married a Charles Spencer.

Charles was the 4th Earl of Sunderland and was a Royal. This Spencer line exists and flourishes today.

WWII Sir Winston was actually a Spencer-Churchill of that line! At around age 21 WWII Sir Winston came to realize that he was too far down in the Spencer-Churchill pecking order to become Duke. At age 21 WWII Sir Winston petetioned the Office of the Queen and asked for permission to drop the name Spencer. The Queen's Office granted his request and WWII Sir Winston became plain Winston Churchill, the name by which he became famous.

The Spencers and Spencer-Churchills are Royals. Plain Churchills ARE NOT. For this reason some Churchills and related Churchill families have an attraction to the name Spencer as a middle name. To some it might suggest one has a Royal association - more so probably in England than other Places. For some Spencer is simply a popular middle name.

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