Show ContentsBidder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bidder is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie. The surname Bidder is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

Early Origins of the Bidder family

The surname Bidder was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bidder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bidder research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1200, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1777, 1635 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bidder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bidder Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bidder are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bidder include Beater, Beeter, Beatere, Betere, Batere, Bettere and many more.

Early Notables of the Bidder family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Batere, a prominent 12th century landholder in Berkshire; and Thomas Patrick Betterton (ca. 1635 - 1710), English actor buried in Westminster Abbey. He "was born in Tothill Street, Westminster, and was apprenticed by his father, who was under-cook to Charles I, to a bookseller. These are...
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United States Bidder migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bidder or a variant listed above:

Bidder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bidder, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bidder (post 1700) +

  • George Parker Bidder (1806-1878), English engineer and mathematician, born at Moreton Hampstead, a village on the borders of Dartmoor, where his father was a stonemason [2]
  • Friedrich Bidder (1810-1894), German physiologist and anatomist

  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. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 June. 2019 on Facebook