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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. [1]


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

  • Roger Kidd, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Roger Kidd settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Thomas Kidd, who landed in Maryland in 1642
  • Thomas Kidd settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Henry Kidd, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Kidd Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Kidd settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1722
  • Sarah Kidd, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Kidd Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Neha Kidd, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Archibald Kidd, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • William K Kidd, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • Jonathan Kidd, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Charles Kidd, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824


  • Richard A. Kidd (b. 1943), American ninth Sergeant Major of the Army
  • Jason Kidd (b. 1973), American professional NBA basketball player for the New York Knicks
  • Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd (1884-1941), American Naval officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941 for his actions on the bridge of the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, eponym of the USS Kidd (DD-661) and the USS Kidd (DDG-993)
  • William Winston "Billy" Kidd (b. 1943), American gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist alpine ski racer
  • Chip Kidd (b. 1964), American author, editor, and graphic designer
  • Michael Kidd (1915-2007), American five-time Tony Award winning film and stage choreographer, inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981
  • Virginia Kidd (1921-2003), born Mildred Virginia Kidd, an American literary agent, writer and editor
  • Roy Kidd (b. 1931), American college football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2003
  • Benjamin Kidd (1858-1916), English social philosopher
  • Brian Kidd (b. 1949), English football coach and former player from Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire




  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  11. ...

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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