Bidune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Bidune surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They lived in Béthune in Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, France.

Early Origins of the Bidune family

The surname Bidune was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they acquired lands. "This illustrious name is traceable, beyond question, to Robert, surnamed Faisseus, seigneur of the town of Bethune, in Artois, in the year 1000, and there is good reason to suppose that he was a descendant of the ancient Counts of Artois." [1]

Early History of the Bidune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bidune research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1332, 1778, 1470, 1539, 1494, 1546 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Bidune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bidune Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Bidune has appeared as Bethune, Betune and others.

Early Notables of the Bidune family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bidune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bidune family

North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Bidune family in North America: Anne Bethune who settled in New York in 1822; followed by N. Bethune in New York in 1825.



The Bidune Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Debonnair
Motto Translation: Graceful.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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