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CHILDS Family HistoryThis ancient surname recorded as Child, Childe, Childs, Childes, Cheeld, Chill and Chiles, is of Old English pre 7th Century origins. It derives from the word "Cild", meaning "child", and was used in a number of ways. In the "Dark ages" before the Norman Conquest of 1066, it was often applied to the eldest son of a nobleman, as a term of affection. As such it could be described as a status byname, although it seems that during the medieval times the name began to be more generally applied to a son who was held in high esteem by his parents...
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