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Early Origins of the Bidick family

The surname Bidick was first found in Durham at either North Bidick, a hamlet, partly in the parish of Washington, and partly in that of Whitburn, or South Bidick, a township, in the parish of Houghton-le-Spring, union of Chester-le-Street.

Both place names literally mean "dweller by the ditch," from the Old English words "bi + "dic." [1]

Biddick Hall is a small privately owned 18th-century country mansion at Bournmoor, County Durham, near the City of Sunderland and Chester-le-Street.

Another Biddick Hall is found in the town of South Shields, in Tyne and Wear, England.

The first on record was Adinet de Bidyk who was listed here in 1276. Years later, William de Bydik was listed in the the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1305 and John Bidyk was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Dorset in 1332. [1]

Early History of the Bidick family

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Bidick Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Biddick, Bidick, Bidock, Biddock, Byddick, Bydick and others.

Early Notables of the Bidick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bidick family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bidick or a variant listed above: Alfred Cyril Biddick, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island from Somerset, England, in 1909; Edith Biddick, aged 33, who arrived at Ellis Island from Cornwall, England, in 1913.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook