Child Family History

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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

What did your Child ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Book Keeper

  • Chief

  • Clerk


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Child Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Child Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Child ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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