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Where did the English Childers family come from? What is the English Childers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Childers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Childers family history?

The ancestry of the name Childers dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in or near an orphanage; the location of the specific orphanage that gave rise to the surname Childers is not known in modern times. The surname Childers may have also been a nickname for an orphan, or an occupational name applied to someone who ran an orphanage. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word cildra-hus, which means children's house or orphanage.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Childers have been found, including Childers, Childress, Childres and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Childers research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Childers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Childers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Childers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Childers, or a variant listed above:

Childers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margtt Childers, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Childers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Harry N. Childers, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Worcester, in 1892

Childers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • H.H. Childers, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1904
  • James R. Childers, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • John Childers, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Zelma Childers, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Erskine Childers, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1914


  • Leee Black Childers (1945-2014), born Lee Black Childers, American photographer, writer and rock music manager who worked with Debbie Harry, Wayne County and The Sex Pistols
  • Rodney Childers (b. 1976), American NASCAR crew chief
  • Matthew Wilkie Childers (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mary Alden Osgood "Molly" Childers MBE (1875-1964), American-born Irish writer and Irish nationalist
  • Travis Wayne Childers (b. 1958), American politician, former U.S. Representative from Mississippi's 1st congressional district (2008-2011)
  • Jason Lee Childers (b. 1975), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Alisa Childers (b. 1975), American singer-songwriter
  • Marion "Buddy" Childers (1926-2007), American trumpet player who at the age of 16 was hired by Stan Kenton hired him to be the lead trumpet in his band, he would later play with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Les Brown and others
  • Robert Wayne “Bob” Childers (1946-2008), American country-folk musician and singer-songwriter
  • Second Lieutenant Ernest Childers, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943



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The Childers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Childers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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