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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Child Family Origin

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Child Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    40%
  • Book Keeper

    10%
  • Chief

    10%
  • Clerk

    10%

In 1881, Farmer, Book Keeper and Chief were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Child. A less common occupation for the Child family was Clerk. The most common Child occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Child's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1949 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Child

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