Childs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The founding heritage of the Childs family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Childs comes from when one of the 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.

Early Origins of the Childs family

The surname Childs 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]

Important Dates for the Childs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Childs research. Another 148 words (11 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 Childs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Childs Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Childs has been spelled many different ways, including Child, Childe, Childs, Childes and others.

Early Notables of the Childs 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); Sir John Child, 1st Baronet (died 1690), Governor of Bombay, first governor-general of the British settlements in India; Sir Josiah Child of Wanstead, 1st Baronet (1630-1699), English merchant, economist proponent of mercantilism and Governor of the East India Company, he purchased Wanstead House in...
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Childs migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Childss to arrive in North America:

Childs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Childs, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630 [2]
  • Tho Childs, aged 30, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Rich Childs, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • Richard Childs, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [2]
  • Joseph Childs who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, and became a freeman in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Childs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Childs, aged 27, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [2]
  • William Childs, aged 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1775 [2]
Childs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Childs, who landed in Ohio in 1809 [2]
  • Charles Childs, who landed in America in 1810 [2]
  • G Childs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • C W Childs, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • W Childs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
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Childs migration to Australia

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

Childs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Childs, Welsh convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James Childs, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Joseph Childs a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [5]
  • William Childs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [6]
  • James Childs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Childs migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Childs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Childs, aged 21, a baker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mr. Harry Childs, (b. 1851), aged 18, British ploughman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 [8]
  • Miss Charlotte Childs, (b. 1844), aged 24, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [8]
  • Mr. Charles Childs, (b. 1848), aged 22, English farm labourer, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [9]
  • Mr. Frederick E. Childs, (b. 1850), aged 20, English labourer, from Dorset travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Childs (post 1700)

  • Henry Childs (1951-2016), American NFL football tight end who played from 1974 to 1984
  • William "Billy" Edward Childs (b. 1957), American composer and jazz pianist
  • Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949-1992), American critic and essayist
  • Toni Childs (b. 1957), American singer/songwriter, best known for her Emmy Award winning "Because You're Beautiful"
  • Ozro W. Childs (1824-1890), American horticulturalist
  • Mary Ellen Childs (b. 1957), American composer, founder of the ensemble Crash
  • Mary Louise Milliken Childs (1873-1936), American philanthropist
  • Marquis William Childs (1903-1990), American journalist, winner of the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • John Childs, American pioneer aviator, nicknamed "Flying Man" performed the first known flight in America on September 13, 1757
  • George William Childs (1829-1894), American publisher, co-owner of the Philadelphia Public Ledger
  • ... (Another 74 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Childs family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Harold Bertram Hope Childs, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Childs, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Leonard Childs, British Leading Writer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]
  • George J. Childs, British Petty Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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