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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.

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The surname Biddle was first found in Staffordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddle research. Another 313 words (22 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.

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Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biddle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

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
  • 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

Biddle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ann Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Emma Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • William Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Marcia Biddle arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Rolles Biddle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839


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


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  • Francis Beverley Biddle, United States Attorney General (194145), born in Paris, France, of American parents
  • George Biddle, American painter and writer
  • James Biddle (1783-1848), American naval officer, who became commodore of U.S. ships in East Asia
  • Nicholas Biddle (1786-1844), American author, financier, and lawyer, who served as secretary to President James Monroe (180607)
  • Private First Class Melvin E Biddle, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • John Biddle (1615-1662), English preacher


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  • The Biddle Family by Alexander Du Bin.
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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.

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