The ancestors of the bearers of the Childer family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in or near an orphanage; the location of the specific orphanage that gave rise to the surname Childer is not known in modern times. The surname Childer 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
Early Origins of the Childer family
The surname Childer 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.
Early History of the Childer family
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Childer Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Childer include Childers, Childress, Childres and others.
Early Notables of the Childer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Childer family to Ireland
Some of the Childer 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Childer family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Childer or a variant listed above: T.J. and W.J. Childress who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850.