Childe Hassam was born Frederick Childe Hassam in Dorchester, Massachusetts, on October 17, 1859. Hassam explained the roots of his name many times and was proud that he could trace his American ancestry to a time prior to the American Revolution. New England was Hassam's most painted subject, and he wanted to ensure that his family was associated with the prerevolutionary history of New England. The surname Hassam is a corruption of the English surname Horsham, as reported by the family genealogist in 1870. His middle name, Childe, means shield or knight and is from the Saxon. It was also the name of an uncle.1(p3)
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