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Where did the English Kidd family come from? What is the English Kidd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kidd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kidd family history?The Kidd surname comes from the Middle English word "kid(e)," which referred to a young goat. The name may have originally been a nickname for someone energetically kid-like, or it may have occupational for a herder of goats.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kidd include Kidd, Kydd, Kidman, Kideman, Kidde, Kydeman and others.
First found in Suffolk and Northamptonshire, where a William, Ralp Kide was on record in 12th century Pipe Rolls for those counties. An Alan Kydeman was also on record in Norfolk, in the 1275 Rotuli Hundredorum. The Hundred Rolls also lists Reginald Kidd. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had three entries: Ricardus Kyd; Thomas Kydde; and Willelmus Kydde. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kidd research. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, 1735, 1645, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Kidd History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kidd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kidd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kidds to arrive on North American shores:
Kidd Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Kidd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kidd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Kidd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kidd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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