Bidgoode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bidgoode originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived 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. "The Anglo-Saxon guth-boda would mean "a war messenger." The Old Norse bodi is a messenger, and gunn, gunnur, gud, Old High German, gund, gunt, war." 
Early Origins of the Bidgoode family
The surname Bidgoode was first found in Somerset, where the earliest form of the name is Biggegod. 
Kirby's Quest listed John Biggegod, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) 
Early History of the Bidgoode family
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Bidgoode 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 Bidgoode has appeared include Bidgood, Bidgoode, Biddgood, Biggegod, Bydgood and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidgoode family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Bidgood (1624-1690), a leading member of the College of Physicians. He was the son of Humphrey Bidgood, an apothecary of Exeter, was born in that city 13 March 1624. "His father was poisoned in 1641 by his servant, Peter Moore, a crime for...
Migration of the Bidgoode family
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 Bidgoode arrived in North America very early: Richard Bidgood, who arrived in Boston in 1638.