The name Childrass is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in or near an orphanage; the location of the specific orphanage that gave rise to the surname Childrass is not known in modern times. The surname Childrass 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 Childrass family
The surname Childrass 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 Childrass family
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Childrass Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Childrass are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Childrass include: Childers, Childress, Childres and others.
Early Notables of the Childrass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Childrass family to Ireland
Some of the Childrass 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 Childrass family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Childrass or a variant listed above: T.J. and W.J. Childress who arrived in San Francisco, California, in 1850.