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The history of the name Christmas begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person born at Christmas. During the Middle Ages, many nicknames referred to various religious festivals, medieval name days, or the particular day of the week when feudal services were fulfilled.

Christmas Early Origins



The surname Christmas was first found in Essex 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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Christmas Spelling Variations


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Christmas 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 Christmas 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 Christmas include: Christmas, Cristmas, Cristmus, Christmus and many more.

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Christmas Early History


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Christmas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christmas research. Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1191, 1308, and 1602 are included under the topic Early Christmas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Christmas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Christmas Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Christmas Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Christmas or a variant listed above:

Christmas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dictoris Christmas, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Isobel Christmas who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Christmas settled in Virginia in 1647

Christmas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H. Christmas arrived with his wife and two children in New York in 1820

Christmas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Christmas, aged 42, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • Maria Christmas, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"
  • John Christmas, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

Christmas Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Christmas landed in Kaipoia, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Christmas, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Ann Christmas, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Samuel Frederick Christmas, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Harry Christmas, aged 12, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Christmas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Christmas (post 1700)



  • Dr. William W. Christmas (1895-1960), American aviation pioneer and designer of the Christmas Bullet aircraft, later known as the Cantilever Aero Bullet
  • Dionte Lamont Christmas (b. 1986), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Major-General John Kay Christmas (1895-1962), American Assistant Chief of Ordnance (1945)
  • William Christmas, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Franklin County, 1792-93
  • Randall Norton Christmas (1920-1969), American politician, Mayor of Miami, Florida, 1955-57; Defeated, 1957
  • Barbara Christmas, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 1st District, 1992
  • John Christmas, American lacrosse player for the University of Virginia
  • Edwin Cecil Russell Christmas (1886-1916), English amateur footballer who played twice for Southampton in 1912
  • Eric Cuthbert Christmas (1916-2000), English stage and screen actor, known for his role as Mr. Carter, the principal of Angel Beach High School, in the Porky's movie series
  • Stephen Christmas (1947-1993), English-born, Canadian first patient diagnosed to have Christmas disease (Haemophilia B) in 1952, he later died of AIDS from transfusions
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Christmas Historic Events


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Christmas Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Raymond William Christmas, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. H. Christmas (d. 1912), aged 33, English Assistant Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Christmas Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Christmas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Christmas 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 25 January 2016 at 14:40.

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