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Where did the English Biden family come from? What is the English Biden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Biden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Biden family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Biden comes from when its first bearer worked as a maker of buttons. The surname Biden is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Biden include Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.

First found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others. William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biden research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Biden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Biden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Biden or a variant listed above:

Biden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Biden, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Juan Bte Biden, aged 18, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • M Biden, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860

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The Biden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biden 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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