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Childs Family History

Childs Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Child 1.

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


Similar surnames: Chiles, Child, Hinds, Childers, Chill, Wilds, Cords, Chilton, Fails

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Where is the Childs family from?

You can see how Childs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Childs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Childs families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 121 Childs families living in Massachusetts. This was about 21% of all the recorded Childs's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Childs families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Childs surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Childs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Childs. 18% of Childs men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Childs women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Childs were Truck Driver and Laundress.

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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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Laundress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 251,000 census records available for the last name Childs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Childs 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Childs. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Childs. For the veterans among your Childs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Childs lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Childs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Childs in 1941 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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