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Child Family History

Child Name Meaning

nickname from Middle English child ‘child’, ‘infant’ (Old English cild), in various possible applications. The word is found in Old English as a byname, and in Middle English as a widely used affectionate term of address. It was also used as a term of status for a young man of noble birth, although the exact meaning is not clear; in the 13th and 14th centuries it was a technical term used of a young noble awaiting elevation to the knighthood. In other cases it may have been applied as a byname to a youth considerably younger than his brothers or to one who was a minor on the death of his father. possibly a topographic name from Old English cielde ‘spring (water)’, a rare word derived from c(e)ald ‘cold’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Wild, Hill, Shield, Hild, Schild, Chard, Hind, Chino, Chi, Chinn

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Where is the Child family from?

You can see how Child families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Child family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Child families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 47 Child families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Child's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Child families in 1840.
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What did your Child ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Child. 17% of Child men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Child women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Child were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Secretary
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 139,000 census records available for the last name Child. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Child census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Child. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Child. For the veterans among your Child ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Child lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Child life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Child in 1949 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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