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Bidgood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.


Early Origins of the Bidgood family


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

Early History of the Bidgood family


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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.

Early Notables of the Bidgood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bidgood family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bidgood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Bidgood, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bidgood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Bidgood was a juror in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1751 [2]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 [2]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, who settled in Fortune, Newfoundland in 1853 [2]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  • Henry C. Bidgood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm

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 the films I'll Turn to You (1946), To Hell with Hitler (1940) and Bell-Bottom George (1944), son of Thomas Bidgood
  • Thomas Bidgood (1858-1925), English conductor, composer and arranger, perhaps best known for his march Sons of the Brave, written in 1898, popular during the Boer Wars and later used in the film A Canterbury Tale (1944)
  • Jack Bidgood (1902-1975), Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda in 1925
  • James Mark Bidgood (b. 1959), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Dawson (2007-2010)
  • John Claude Bidgood (1914-2001), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Bury and Radcliffe (1955-1964)
  • Ruth Bidgood (b. 1922), Welsh poet

Historic Events for the Bidgood family



HMS Dorsetshire

  • William John Bidgood (d. 1945), British Chief Shipwright aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  4. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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