In the Middle Ages, a childe or child [Old English Cild > "Young Lord"] was the son of a nobleman who had not yet attained knighthood, or had not yet won his spurs. As a rank in chivalry, it was used as a title, e.g. Child Horn in King Horn, as a male progressed through the positions of squire and then knight.
In the local dialect of North East Scotland known as Doric a Childe (pronounced cheeil) is the name used that may be directly translated as chap or fellow or man in English . For example, a working childe was a working man or chap . A dour childe is dour fellow for example.
Childe in Stephen King's The Dark Tower is, in Roland Deschain's own words, "...a term that describes a knight - or a gunslinger - on a quest. A formal term, and ancient. We never used it among ourselves...for it means holy, chosen by ka. We never liked to think of ourselves in such terms, and I haven't thought of myself so in many years." (p. 859, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Pocket Books, 2006 ed.)
The term also exists, albeit with a different meaning, in the roleplaying system Vampire: The Masquerade and various spin-offs. It signifies the "offspring" of a vampire, while the creating vampire is called "Sire".
- Nuzum, Eric (2007). The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula. Macmillan. p. 162.
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