The English surname Upchurch is of habitational origin being derived from Upchurch, a place in Kent, named from Old English upp meaning “up” and  cirice meaning “church,” i.e. “church standing high up.” Examples of the surname recordings include Tristram Upchurch, (a latinised spelling) who married Alice Smith at St Gabriel Fenchurch, on August 3rd 1572, and William Upchurch who married Alyce Sydecap at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on September 22nd 1586. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jone Upchurche, which was dated July 29th 1565, who married Rycharde Gylle at St Mary Somerset, London. 

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