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The Biddulph surname is a habitational name taken on from a place in Staffordshire, recorded as Bidolf in the Domesday Book. This place name is derived from the Old English "bi," meaning "beside," along with "dylf," which means "digging." Together, the place name probably described a place near a quarry or mine.

Biddulph Early Origins



The surname Biddulph was first found in Staffordshire at Biddulph, where "Biddulph Hall, at the north end of the parish, was anciently the residence of the Biddulph family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The first record of the family appears to be Thomas de Bidulf, on record in the Assize rolls in 1199 for that county. Other early records include Roger Biddulph (or de Bydoulf) of Biddulph, who lived during the reign of Edward I (ruled 1272-1307) in Staffordshire; and John de Bydulfe listed in the Subsidy Rolls for that same county in 1332-33. "This ancient family, originally of Biddulph, in the northern parts of Staffordshire, is traced to Ormus, mentioned in the Domesday Survey. He is supposed to have married the Saxon heiress of Biddulph, from whence the name was afterwards assumed." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Biddulph Spelling Variations


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Biddulph Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Biddulph include Biddulph, Bidulf, Bydoulf and others.

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Biddulph Early History


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Biddulph Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddulph research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1687, 1610, 1666, 1642, 1612, 1683, 1656, 1659, 1661, 1679, 1652, 1718, 1679, 1685, 1689, 1690, 1695 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Biddulph History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biddulph Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biddulph Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Michael Biddulph (1610-1666) of Elmhurst, English politician, who became a member of the English House of Commons from Lichfield in 1642; Sir Theophilus Biddulph, 1st Baronet...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biddulph Notables 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Biddulph or a variant listed above:

Biddulph Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Biddulph, who landed in New Jersey in 1679

Biddulph Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • V. Biddulph, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Barbara Biddulph, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1893

Biddulph Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Biddulph, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1900
  • Mary Biddulph, aged 5, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1900
  • Prudence Biddulph, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1900
  • Herbert Biddulph, aged 26, who landed in America from West Bromwich, in 1905
  • Evelina Biddulph, aged 24, who landed in America from West Brunswick, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Biddulph Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Harriett S. Biddulph, aged 42, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Reginald Biddulph, aged 25, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Reginald Vivian Biddulph, aged 25, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Suzette Biddulph, aged 1, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1921
  • Mary Biddulph, aged 4, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biddulph (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biddulph (post 1700)



  • Steve Biddulph (b. 1953), Australian author, activist and psychologist
  • Cyril Biddulph (b. 1887), Canadian stage actor
  • Michael Biddulph (1834-1923), British banker and politician, member of the UK Parliament, made 1st Baron Biddulph in 1903
  • Robert Biddulph (1801-1864), British Politician, member of the UK Parliament

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sublimiora petamus
Motto Translation: Let us seek higher things.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

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