Show ContentsChildren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Children finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a proprietor of a "children's house," or orphanage. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English compound word cildraærn, which meant "children's house."

Early Origins of the Children family

The surname Children was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Children family

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Children Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Children family name include Children, Childrens, Chyldren, Chyltren, Childron and others.

Early Notables of the Children family (pre 1700)

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United States Children migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Children surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Children Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah children, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Henry Children, who settled in New York, NY in 1824
  • Manuel children, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]

Canada Children migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Children Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Catherine children, who landed in Montreal in 1659

Contemporary Notables of the name Children (post 1700) +

  • George Children (1742-1818), English electrician who graduated B.A. of Oriel College, Oxford, in 1762, owner of much property near Tunbridge, and successfully engaged in business there as a banker for many years [2]
  • John George Children (1777-1852), English Secretary of the Royal Society, born at Ferox Hall, Tunbridge, on 18 May 1777, only son of George Children [2]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019 on Facebook