The Biddulphe 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.
Early Origins of the Biddulphe family
The surname Biddulphe 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." 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Biddulphe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddulphe 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 Biddulphe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biddulphe Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Biddulphe has undergone many spelling variations
, including Biddulph, Bidulf, Bydoulf and others.
Early Notables of the Biddulphe family (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 Biddulphe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biddulphe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Biddulphe were among those contributors: Tho Biddulph, who came to Virginia in 1664; William Biddulph, who arrived in New Jersey in 1679; Anthony Biddulph, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1696.
The Biddulphe 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.