The Bidell name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Bidell is derived from the name of a medieval court official called a beadle.
A beadle performed similar duties to those of a bailiff in a modern court of law, as well as acting as a sort of town crier, and later as a constable of the parish.
Early Origins of the Bidell family
The surname Bidell was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bidell family
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Bidell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bidell were recorded, including Beadell, Beadle, Beadles, Beedle, Beedell, Bedle and others.
Early Notables of the Bidell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bidell family emigrate to North America: John Beadle who settled in Barbados in 1634; John and Gabriel Beadle, who settled in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the "Mayflower"; Philip and Robert Beadle settled in Virginia in 1653.