Biddock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Biddock family

The surname Biddock was first found in Durham at either North Bidick, a hamlet, partly in the parish of Washington, and partly in that of Whitburn, or South Bidick, a township, in the parish of Houghton-le-Spring, union of Chester-le-Street.

Both place names literally mean "dweller by the ditch," from the Old English words "bi + "dic." [1]

Biddick Hall is a small privately owned 18th-century country mansion at Bournmoor, County Durham, near the City of Sunderland and Chester-le-Street.

Another Biddick Hall is found in the town of South Shields, in Tyne and Wear, England.

The first on record was Adinet de Bidyk who was listed here in 1276. Years later, William de Bydik was listed in the the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1305 and John Bidyk was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Dorset in 1332. [1]

Early History of the Biddock family

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Biddock Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Biddick, Bidick, Bidock, Biddock, Byddick, Bydick and others.

Early Notables of the Biddock family (pre 1700)

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United States Biddock migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Biddock or a variant listed above:

Biddock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Biddock, (b. 1821), aged 30, Cornish settler departing from London aboard the ship "Mechanic's Own" arriving in Wisconsin, USA on 15 September 1851 [2]
  • Mrs. S. Biddock, (b. 1827), aged 24, Cornish settler departing from London aboard the ship "Mechanic's Own" arriving in Wisconsin, USA on 15 September 1851 [2]
  • Mr. William Biddock, (b. 1846), aged 5, Cornish settler departing from London aboard the ship "Mechanic's Own" arriving in Wisconsin, USA on 15 September 1851 [2]
  • Miss Anna Biddock, (b. 1851), aged , Cornish settler departing from London aboard the ship "Mechanic's Own" arriving in Wisconsin, USA on 15 September 1851 [2]

Australia Biddock migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Biddock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Biddock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [3]
  • John Biddock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [3]

New Zealand Biddock migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Biddock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Biddock, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm


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