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Child Name Meaning

English:: 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. in Kent 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 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,237 Child families living in Yorkshire. This was about 24% of all the recorded Child's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Child families in 1891.
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What did your Child ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Child. 4% of Child men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Child women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Child were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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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 Australia, 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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