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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Kidd family come from? What is the Scottish 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 Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Kidd. The Kidd family lived in Angus.


Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Kidd has been spelled Kidd, Kydd, Kyd, Kid and others.

First found in Dundee, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kidd research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1430, 1453, 1430, 1450, 1645 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Kidd History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 91 words(6 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.


Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

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
  • William Alexander Kidd (1879-1928), Scottish co-founder of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, a Scottish architectural firm
  • George Imlay Kidd (1909-1988), Scottish footballer



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Donec impleat orbem
Motto Translation: Until it fills its orb.


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  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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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