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The history of the name Biddle begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name Bita. Alternatively, the name could have been "derived from an official title, 'the beadle,' one who executed processes or attended proclamations." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Biddle Early Origins



The surname Biddle was first found in Somerset, where John le Bedal, was recorded 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III) in Kirby's Quest. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Geoffrey le Bedel in Kent, Martin le Bedel in Norfolk and Walter Bidellus in Lincolnshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Biddle Spelling Variations


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Biddle Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Biddle has been recorded under many different variations, including Biddle, Biddell, Biddelle and others.

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Biddle Early History


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Biddle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddle research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1615, 1652, 1615, 1662, 1750, 1778, 1738, 1779, 1774, 1775, 1786, 1844, 1745 and 1821 are included under the topic Early Biddle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biddle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biddle Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Henry Biddulph of Biddulph; John Biddle or Bidle (1615-1662), born at Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, an influential English nontrinitarian, and Unitarian, often called "the Father of English Unitarianism"; Nicholas Biddle (1750-1778), one of the first five captains of...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biddle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biddle In Ireland


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Biddle In Ireland



Some of the Biddle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Biddle or a variant listed above:

Biddle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Biddle settled in west New Jersey in 1664
  • William Biddle, who landed in New Jersey in 1678
  • William Biddle settled in Barbados in 1680 with wife and two children and servants
  • William Biddle (1630-1712), an English Quaker and his wife Sarah Kempe (16341709) who landed in Quaker West Jersey, America in 1681, there they acquired 43,000 acres; together they were progenitors of the famous Biddle family of Philadelphia, their third generation offsprings

Biddle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Biddle, who landed in America in 1803
  • James Biddle, aged 38, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • William Biddle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1833
  • T B Biddle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Robert Biddle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Biddle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Biddle U.E. born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Biddle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Emma Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • William Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Marcia Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Rolles Biddle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Biddle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benedict Biddle, aged 14, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Edward Biddle, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Ann Biddle, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • George Biddle, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Sarah Biddle, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biddle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biddle (post 1700)



  • Jesse Thomas Biddle (b. 1991), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Biddle (1925-2008), America's Cup Hall of Fame cinematographer and lecturer
  • Francis Beverley Biddle (1886-1968), American lawyer and judge, 58th United States Attorney General (1941-1945)
  • Livingston Ludlow Biddle Jr. (1918-2002), American author and promoter of funding of the arts, 3rd Chairman of National Endowment for the Arts
  • Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle I (1874-1948), American millionaire, inspiration for the play and film The Happiest Millionaire
  • Major General William Phillips Biddle (1853-1923), 11th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • Charles John Biddle (1819-1873), American soldier, lawyer, Congressman, and newspaper editor, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1861-1863)
  • Richard Biddle (1796-1847), American author and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1837-1840), brother of Nicholas Biddle
  • Thomas Biddle (1790-1831), American military hero during the War of 1812, but is better known though for having been killed in a duel, with Missouri Congressman, Spencer Pettis
  • Edward Biddle (1738-1779), American soldier, lawyer, and statesman, a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Biddle


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Suggested Readings for the name Biddle



  • The Biddle Family by Alexander Du Bin.

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Biddle Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 18 November 2016 at 14:22.

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