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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
The surname Childers was 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.
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.
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
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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