The earliest roots of the name Biddune are with the Viking settlers of the early Middle Ages; the surname having come from a place named by the Vikings
It is a name for someone who lived in Béthune in Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, France.
Early Origins of the Biddune family
The surname Biddune was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they acquired lands. "This illustrious name is traceable, beyond question, to Robert, surnamed Faisseus, seigneur of the town of Bethune, in Artois, in the year 1000, and there is good reason to suppose that he was a descendant of the ancient Counts of Artois." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Biddune family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddune research.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1332, 1778 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Biddune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biddune Spelling Variations
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Biddune has been recorded as Bethune, Betune and others.
Early Notables of the Biddune family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Biddune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biddune family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Biddune name: Anne Bethune who settled in New York in 1822; followed by N. Bethune in New York in 1825.
The Biddune 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 Translation: Graceful.