Chiles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
The name Chiles is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone 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 Chiles family
The surname Chiles 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." 
Early History of the Chiles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chiles 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 Chiles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chiles 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 Chiles 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. The variations of the name Chiles include Child, Childe, Childs, Childes and others.
Early Notables of the Chiles 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. 
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...
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chiles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chiles migration to the United States +
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 Chiles or a variant listed above:
Chiles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Walter Chiles, who arrived in Virginia in 1637-1638 
- Sarah Chiles, who landed in Virginia in 1640 
- Sasan Chiles, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 
- Susan Chiles, who landed in Virginia in 1640 
- Law Chiles, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chiles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Chiles, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 
Contemporary Notables of the name Chiles (post 1700) +
- Rhea Chiles (1930-2015), American First Lady of the State of Florida from 1991 to 1998
- Joseph Ballinger Chiles (1810-1885), early California pioneer and guide
- Lois Cleveland Chiles (b. 1947), American actress and former fashion model known for her role as Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker
- Admiral (Ret.) Henry Goodman Chiles Jr. (b. 1938), Commander in Chief, United States Strategic Command from 1994 to 1996
- Captain Marcellus Holms Chiles (1895-1918), United States Army officer awarded the Medal of Honor
- Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr. (1930-1998), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State Senate, 1967-71; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1971-89; Governor of Florida, 1991-98 
- John H. Chiles, American politician, Mayor of Sullivan, Missouri, 1899-1901, 1903-07, 1909-13 
- James Chiles (1802-1883), American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 
- Mrs. Henry C. Chiles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940 
- Harrell Edmonds Chiles (1910-1993), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 
- ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Related Stories +
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html