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
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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)
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Migration of the Bidder family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bidder (post 1700)
- George Parker Bidder (1806-1878), English engineer and mathematician
- Friedrich Bidder (1810-1894), German physiologist and anatomist