Christians History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Christians 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.

Early Origins of the Christians family

The surname Christians 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.

Important Dates for the Christians family

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Christians Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Christians 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.

Early Notables of the Christians family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Christians family to Ireland

Some of the Christians family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Christians migration to the United States

Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. 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 Christians or a variant listed above:

Christians Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christian Christians, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Grietje Christians, who landed in New York in 1659 [1]
Christians Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Christians, who arrived in South Carolina in 1738 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Christians (post 1700)

  • Henry C. Christians, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1916 [2]
  • Harry Christians, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 19th District, 1957-60 [2]

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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
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