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The ancestors of the name Bidwell date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Bidwell, Hertfordshire. This place name derives from the Old English words "byde," meaning "tub," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream." As such, Bidwell is classed as a habitational name.

Bidwell Early Origins



The surname Bidwell was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where Bidwell was said to be a picturesque hamlet lying to the north-west of Houghton village. There is an early record of a Stephen de Bedewellin in Essex in the Calendar of the Close Rolls, in 1229.

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Bidwell Spelling Variations


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Bidwell Spelling Variations



Bidwell has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Bedwell, Bedwel, Bedewell, Bidwell, Bidewell and many more.

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Bidwell Early History


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Bidwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bidwell research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1323, 1388, 1420, 1561, 1589, 1595, and 1632 are included under the topic Early Bidwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bidwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bidwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bidwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bidwell In Ireland


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Bidwell In Ireland



Some of the Bidwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bidwells to arrive on North American shores:

Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Bidwell, who arrived in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1679

Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bidwell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1775
  • Thomas Bidwell, who arrived in Baltimore in 1789

Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Bidwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Bidwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ella P. Bidwell, aged 30, who settled in America from London, in 1892
  • A. Bidwell, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1897

Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha Candall Bidwell, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Ernest Bidwell, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Old Calton, England, in 1911
  • Daniel Bidwell, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Daniel D. Bidwell, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Arthur G. Bidwell, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bidwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bidwell, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm

Bidwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C R Bidwell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Hope
  • J Carne Bidwell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bidwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bidwell (post 1700)



  • Joshua John Bidwell (b. 1976), American football punter
  • John Bidwell (1819-1900), American U.S. army Major and politician, U.S. Representative from California (1865-67)
  • Marshall Spring Bidwell (1799-1872), American-born, Canadian lawyer and politician in Upper Canada
  • C. H. S. Bidwell, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1930-33 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Barnabas Bidwell (1763-1833), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 12th District, 1805-07; Resigned 1807; Massachusetts State Attorney General, 1807-10 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Arthur Edwards Bidwell (1871-1924), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1907-08, 1911-14; Defeated, 1904; First Selectman of Glastonbury, Connecticut, 1920-21 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Arline Bidwell, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1977 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Ansel E. Bidwell, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1912 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Andrew S. Bidwell (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1909-12 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Alonzo F. Bidwell, American politician, Village President of Coldwater, Michigan, 1858-59 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bidwell Historic Events


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Bidwell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Arthur Bidwell, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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