In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Bidingham surname lived in either of the places called Bodenham, in Herefordshire
, or in the settlement of Bodham, in Norfolk
. The place-names are derived from the Old English personal name Bota,
which experts theorize is derived from the Old German boto,
from the Germanic root bud,
which means to announce,
and the Old English word ham
which means homestead
Thus, the surname signifies a person who lived at or near Bota's settlement.
Early Origins of the Bidingham family
The surname Bidingham was first found in Herefordshire
at Bodenham, a parish, and anciently a market-town, in the union of Leominster, hundred
of Broxash CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
situated on a bend in the River Lugg, about seven miles south of Leominster. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Bodeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or river-bend of land or a man called Boda," from the Old English personal name
+ "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hugh de Bodenham, Lord of Bodenham, grandfather of Roger who lived in the reign of Henry III is the ancestor of the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Bidingham family
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Bidingham Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Bidingham are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bidingham include: Bedingham, Beddingham, Bedinham, Bodingham, Bedyngham, Bedyngeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidingham family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Bidingham family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bidingham or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.