Bidlack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Bidlack family
The surname Bidlack was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Bidlack family
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Bidlack 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 Bidlack has appeared include Bidlake, Bidluck, Bidlak, Bidlook, Bedlake, Bydlake, Bylake and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidlack family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidlack 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 Bidlack arrived in North America very early: J.B. Bidlack, aged 50, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1893; and William C. Bidlack, aged 44, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1914; Stefan Bidlock, aged 25, who arrived at Ellis Island from Wilna, in 1892..
Contemporary Notables of the name Bidlack (post 1700)
- Benjamin Alden Bidlack (1804-1849), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Hal Bidlack (b. 1958), retired United States Air Force officer and national security aide
- Hal Bidlack (b. 1958), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 5th District, 2008 
- Benjamin Alden Bidlack (1804-1849), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1835-36; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1841-45 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html