The name Cheeld comes from one of the family having worked as a military officer in the 10th century, probably comparable to a modern sergeant. In the Old English, it was rendered cild,
which meant child. It was applied to the rank above the common soldier in that period, probably because they were in charge of "children." Later, in the 13th and 14th centuries, it came to denote a young man in training for the knighthood.
Early Origins of the Cheeld family
The surname Cheeld was first found in Hertfordshire
. However, some of the family were found at Wanstead in Essex
in later years. "The village is situated on the borders of Waltham Forest, near the main road from London to Cambridge; and is principally worthy of note as the site of Wanstead House, built in 1715, by Sir Richard (son of Sir Josiah) Child, created Viscount Castlemain in 1718, and Earl of Tylney in 1731. This splendid mansion was considerably enlarged and embellished by his descendants, and was surrounded by a very extensive park, laid out with great taste, and interspersed with gardens, pleasure-grounds, and grottos." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cheeld family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cheeld research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1280, 1379, 1784, 1606, 1697, 1660, 1697, 1690, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1677, 1703, 1702, 1703, 1642, 1713, 1698, 1702, 1705, 1708, 1674, 1721, 1713, 1715 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Cheeld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cheeld 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 Cheeld have been found, including: Child, Childe, Childs, Childes and others.
Early Notables of the Cheeld family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Child (1606-1697), an English composer and organist, First Organist of the Chapel Royal (1660-1697); Sir John Child, 1st Baronet
(died 1690), Governor of Bombay, first governor-general of the British settlements in India; Sir Josiah Child of Wanstead, 1st Baronet
(1630-1699), English merchant... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cheeld Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cheeld family to the New World and Oceana
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. Among the first immigrants of the name Cheeld, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Joseph Childs who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, and became a freeman in 1654. Benjamin Childs of Roxbury, Massachusetts, lived at what is now Brookline, Massachusetts. Benjamin's son Ephraim was killed by the Indians at Northfield on September 4th in the year 1675.