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Where did the English Bidwell family come from? What is the English Bidwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bidwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bidwell family history?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 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.
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.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bidwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bidwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Bidwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Bidwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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