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Early Origins of the Bidock family

The surname Bidock 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 Bidock family

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Bidock Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Biddick, Bidick, Bidock, Biddock, Byddick, Bydick and others.

Early Notables of the Bidock family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bidock family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bidock 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