The name Bidewell first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Bidwell, Hertfordshire
. This place name derives from the Old English words "byde," meaning "tub," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream." As such, Bidewell is classed as a habitational name.
Early Origins of the Bidewell family
The surname Bidewell was first found in Bedfordshire
(Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England
, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Mercia, where Bidwell was said to be a picturesque hamlet lying to the north-west of Houghton village. There is an early record of a Stephen de Bedewellin in Essex
in the Calendar of the Close Rolls, in 1229.
Early History of the Bidewell family
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Bidewell Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bidewell has appeared include Bedwell, Bedwel, Bedewell, Bidwell, Bidewell and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidewell family to Ireland
Some of the Bidewell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bidewell family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bidewell arrived in North America very early: John Bedwell, who came to Somers Islands in 1662; Elizabeth Bedwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; Hugh Bidwell, who arrived in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1679.
Historic Events for the Bidewell family
- Mr. Stanley Bidewell, British Ordinary Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html