Childe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Childe dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who 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 Childe family

The surname Childe 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." [1]

The name is derived from "the son and heir in noble and royal families. The word was employed by Spenser, and in the old ballads, as the "Childe of Elle," "Child Waters," &c. See English Surn. i. 214. In Domesday Book, the epithet Cild or Cilt is applied to several persons of distinction. Le Child. " [2]

The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III- Edward I. lists Godwin Child, Berkshire, Henry III-Edward I. [3] Later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Brian le Child, Cambridgeshire; and Walter le Child, Oxfordshire. and later again, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls listed Robertus Childe as holding lands there at that time. [4]

In Scotland, the name is derived "from the Old English personal name Cild. The 'exact sense of the name is uncertain. The singular is used as a title of honour in late Old English times and this is found also throughout the Middle Ages, as in Childe Roland'. It was synonymous with enfant in France. Henricus Child was canon of Scone c. 1275. James Chyld was canon of Monymusk, 1549. Robert Cheild, burgess of Dundee, 1564. [5]

Early History of the Childe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Childe research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1280, 1379, 1784, 1606, 1697, 1660, 1697, 1690, 1638, 1684, 1638, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1677, 1703, 1702, 1703, 1642, 1713, 1698, 1702, 1705, 1708, 1684, 1740, 1674, 1721, 1713, 1715 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Childe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Childe Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Childe has undergone many spelling variations, including Child, Childe, Childs, Childes and others.

Early Notables of the Childe 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); and Sir John Child, 1st Baronet (died 1690), Governor of Bombay, first governor-general of the British settlements in India. John Child (1638?-1684), was a Baptist preacher, born at Bedford about 1638, apprenticed to a handicraft; after a while he adopted another calling, and removed to Newport Pagnel, Buckinghamshire. [6] Sir Josiah Child of Wanstead, 1st Baronet (1630-1699), was an English merchant, economist proponent of mercantilism and Governor of the East India Company; he purchased Wanstead House in Essex in 1673...
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United States Childe migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Childe were among those contributors:

Childe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Childe, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [7]
  • John Childe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [7]
  • Matthias Childe, who settled in Carolina in 1685
Childe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mabel Childe, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1892
  • Jessie Childe, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Mabel G. Childe, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Mrs. Healey Childe, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Childe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Childe, aged 29, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Gilbert Childe, aged 29, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Beatrice May Childe, aged 30, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1920
  • Edgar Ronald Childe, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Croydon, England, in 1920

Australia Childe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Childe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Childe, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]

West Indies Childe migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Childe Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John and Mary Childe, who settled in Barbados in 1694

Contemporary Notables of the name Childe (post 1700) +

  • Elias Childe (1798-1848), English landscape painter, a very prolific artist, painting both in oil and in water colours [10]
  • Henry Langdon Childe (1781-1874), English inventor of dissolving views, chiefly known in connection with the magic lantern,’ a piece of apparatus which he was largely instrumental in advancing from a mere toy to a valuable means of recreation and scientific research [10]
  • James Warren Childe (1780-1862), English miniature painter, exhibitor in the Royal Academy in 1798, brother of Elias Childe [10]
  • Wilfred Rowland Childe (1890-1952), British poet and critic
  • Vere Gordon Childe (1892-1957), Australian archaeologist and philologist


Suggested Readings for the name Childe +

  • Genealogy of the Child, Childs, and Childe Families: of the Past and Present in the United States and the Canadas, from 1630 to 1881 by Elias Child.
  • Harris, Vredenburg, Child and Allied Families by Marian J. Newell.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019


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