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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.

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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.

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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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.

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Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bidwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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
  • Thomas Bidwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • 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


Bidwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Bidwell, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"

Bidwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


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

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  • Joshua John Bidwell (b. 1976), American football punter
  • C. H. S. Bidwell, American politician, Mayor of Sacramento, California, 1930-33
  • Barnabas Bidwell (1763-1833), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 12th District, 1805-07; Resigned 1807; Massachusetts State Attorney General, 1807-10
  • 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
  • Arline Bidwell, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1977
  • Ansel E. Bidwell, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1912
  • Andrew S. Bidwell (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1909-12
  • Alonzo F. Bidwell, American politician, Village President of Coldwater, Michigan, 1858-59
  • Aaron Bidwell, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Windsor Locks, Connecticut, 1868-69
  • Daniel D. Bidwell (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1905-08; Defeated, 1916

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