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The Bidgood family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the Old English name Biggegod. The name is made up of two Old English elements: bigge, which means big or large, and god, which means good.

Bidgood Early Origins



The surname Bidgood was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

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Bidgood Spelling Variations


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Bidgood Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bidgood include Bidgood, Bidgoode, Biddgood, Biggegod, Bydgood and many more.

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Bidgood Early History


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Bidgood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bidgood research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1369, 1524, 1606, 1621, 1624, 1642, 1690, and 1798 are included under the topic Early Bidgood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bidgood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bidgood Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bidgood 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bidgood were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bidgood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Bidgood, who arrived in Boston in 1638
  • Richard Bidgood who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638
  • Richard Bidgood, who landed in America in 1638

Bidgood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bidgood, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Bidgood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Bidgood was a juror in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1751 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Philip Bidgood owned a fishery in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland in 1765 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bidgood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Bidgood settled in Fortune, Newfoundland in 1853 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Bidgood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Cook Bidgood, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Henry C. Bidgood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bidgood (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bidgood (post 1700)



  • James Bidgood (b. 1933), American photographer and filmmaker
  • Henry "Harry" Bidgood (1898-1957), English composer, dance band leader and musical director
  • Thomas Bidgood (1858-1925), English conductor, composer and arranger
  • John Claude Bidgood (1914-2001), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Bury and Radcliffe (1955-1964)
  • James Mark Bidgood (b. 1959), Australian politician, was a member of the House of Representatives
  • Ruth Bidgood (b. 1922), Welsh poet

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. 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.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Bidgood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bidgood 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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