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

The origins of the Child surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Child began when someone in that family 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.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Child has appeared include Child, Childe, Childs, Childes and others.

First found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat in ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Child 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 Child History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 249 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Child Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Child arrived in North America very early:

Child Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Benjamin Child settled in New England in 1630
  • Elizabeth Child settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Ephraim Child, who landed in Watertown Massachusetts in 1631
  • Richard Child, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • The Child, who landed in Virginia in 1638


Child Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jane Child, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • John Child, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Thomas Child, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Andrew Child, who arrived in America in 1765

Child Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Child, who landed in America in 1808
  • Alexander Child, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mr. Child, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Francis Child, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Mary Child, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1854

Child Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Benjamin Child, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Child Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Child arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • James Child arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Harriet Child, aged 32, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
  • Harriet Child, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • John Child, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"


Child Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • J W Child landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • J.W. Child arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Henry Child arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Hugh Child, aged 49, a wheelwright, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Ann Child, aged 39, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864


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  • Julia Child (1912-2004), American chef, author, television personality and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Francis James Child (1825-1896), American philologist, and Professor of Middle English at Harvard University
  • William Child (1606-1697), English composer
  • Sir Josiah Child (1630-1699), English writer and economist
  • Mr. Frederick D Child, British Musician, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Gloria Joan Liles Child (1922-2013), Australian politician, first female Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives (19861989)
  • Clifton Child, Historian
  • Arthur James Edward Child, Canadian businessman and former chairman and chief executive officer of Burns Foods


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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Child Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Child 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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