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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Child

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Child
  1. A son or a daughter; a male or female descendant, in the first degree; the immediate progeny of human parents; -- in law, legitimate offspring. Used also of animals and plants.
  2. A descendant, however remote; -- used esp. in the plural; as, the children of Israel; the children of Edom.
  3. One who, by character of practice, shows signs of relationship to, or of the influence of, another; one closely connected with a place, occupation, character, etc.; as, a child of God; a child of the devil; a child of disobedience; a child of toil; a child of the people.
  4. A noble youth. See Childe.(Obs)
  5. A young person of either sex. esp. one between infancy and youth; hence, one who exhibits the characteristics of a very young person, as innocence, obedience, trustfulness, limited understanding, etc."When I was child. I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." [1. Cor. xii. 11.]
  6. A female infant.(Obs)"A boy or a child, I wonder?" [Shak.]

Etymology: AS. cild, pl. cildru; cf. Goth. kilþei womb, in-kilþō with child

verb Child
To give birth; to produce young.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A young person of either sex ("she writes books for children")
  2. A human offspring (son or daughter) of any age ("they had three children")
  3. An immature childish person ("he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived")
  4. A member of a clan or tribe ("the children of Israel")
  1. Alternative letter-case form of child often used when referring to God (Jesus) or another important child who is understood from context.

Notable Persons Named Child

Child Catcher is a fictional character.


Child was born in 1624. He died on October 6th, 1721.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Child

Julia Child was a chef. Julia was given the name Julia Carolyn McWilliams on August 15th, 1912 in Pasadena, California, U.S. She left this life on August 13th, 2004.


Lee Child is a crime fiction, mystery fiction, and thriller (genre) writer. He was most prominent from 1985 to present. Lee was given the name James D. Grant on October 29th, 1954 in Coventry.


Desmond Child is a pop rock, adult contemporary music, glam metal, disco, and latin pop songwriter and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to 1975. Desmond was given the name John Charles Barrett on October 28th, 1953 in Gainesville, Florida.


Paul Cushing Child was a civil service, diplomat, and civil servant. Paul was born on January 15th, 1902 in Montclair, New Jersey, US. He passed away on May 12th, 1994.


Lydia Maria Child was an abolitionist, women's rights activist, novelist, journalist, abolitionism in the united states, and women's rights. Lydia was born on February 11th, 1802 in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 20th, 1880.


Jane Child is a freestyle music, pop music, contemporary r&b, dance music, and rock music musician. She has been prominent since 1987. Jane was given the name Jane Richman on February 15th, 1967.


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Popularity of Child as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Child U.S.
  White 85.43% 64.26%
  African American 5.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Child

People with the last name Child are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Child

  • How Popular is the name Child? Child is the 32,717th most popular name of all time. As a last name Child was the 6,483rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Child have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131 babies born with the first name Child in the United States. That's more than enough people named Child to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Child? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2010 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Child first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Child is Sunday, December 13th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Child born? The highest recorded use of the first name Child was in 2012 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Child Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Child is not a popular baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 28 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Child: Your name in reverse order is Dlihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Child. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Child? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,237 people with the last name Child.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Child? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Child as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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