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The ancestors of the Christian family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the Latin given name Christianus, which means "belonging to Christ." Christianus was also the name of the 12th century Irish saint and Bishop of Candida Casa, and brother of St. Malachy of Armagh. Thus, the surname Christian became an extremely popular name, particularly in regions of Celtic or Irish influence such as Scotland, northern England, and the Isle of Man. It was also a common given name amongst the Danes and was the name of several Danish kings.

Christian Early Origins



The surname Christian was first found in the Isle of Man, 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.

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Christian Spelling Variations


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Christian Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Christian include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Christian, Cristian, McChristian, McChristianston and others.

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Christian Early History


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Christian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christian research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Christian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Christian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Christian Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Christian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Christian In Ireland


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Christian In Ireland



Some of the Christian family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Christian or a variant listed above:

Christian Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Christian, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • William Christian, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • William Christian who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Tho Christian, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Anne Christian, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Christian Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthew Christian, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Joh Henrich Christian, who landed in America in 1705
  • Gilbert Christian, who landed in New Castle, Del in 1726
  • Hendrick Christian, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Alsace Christian, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Christian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Christian, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Patt Christian, who landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Matthias Christian, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Mathew Christian, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mathias Christian, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Christian Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John Christian, who landed in Mississippi in 1903

Christian Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Christian, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Christian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sam. Christian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ester Christian, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Christian Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Christian, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Pacific" from Liverpool, England

Christian Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Christian, aged 33, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Maria Christian arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • H. Christian arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • Thomas Christian arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850

Christian Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Fredrick Christian landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Eliza Sarah Christian arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • J Christian landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Thomas Sparks
  • John Christian arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Robert Christian arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Christian (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Christian (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Thomas Jonathan Jackson Christian (1888-1952), American Member of Personnel Records Board (1947-1948)
  • David A. Christian, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1986
  • Clarence Carr Christian Jr. (b. 1917), American Democrat politician, Locomotive engineer; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1957-80 (Mercer County 1957-74, 19th District 1975-80)
  • Christ Christian, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 31st District, 1933-36
  • Almeric L. Christian, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Virgin Islands, 1961-69
  • Albert M. Christian, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1944
  • Al Christian, American Democrat politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Sweetwater County, 1965
  • David C. Christian, American Democrat politician, Elected Missouri State House of Representatives 21st District 1980
  • Earl A. Christian, American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Delhi Township, Michigan, 1955
  • Earl W. Christian, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 17th District, 1948-49
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Christian Historic Events


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Christian Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master John Kenneth  Christian (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Alfred  Christian (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry Christian, English 2nd Class Cabin Bed Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Edward Christian, English Third Baker from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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    The Christian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Christian Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 November 2016 at 18:55.

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