Bydder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Bydder comes from when its first bearer worked as a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie. The surname Bydder is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

Early Origins of the Bydder family

The surname Bydder was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bydder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bydder research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1200, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1777, 1635 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bydder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bydder Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bydder include Beater, Beeter, Beatere, Betere, Batere, Bettere and many more.

Early Notables of the Bydder family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Batere, a prominent 12th century landholder in Berkshire; and Thomas Patrick Betterton (ca. 1635 - 1710), English actor buried in Westminster Abbey. He "was born in Tothill Street, Westminster, and was apprenticed by his father, who was under-cook to Charles I, to a bookseller. These are...
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Migration of the Bydder family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bydder or a variant listed above: Charles Bater who arrived in Virgina in 1642. Thomas Bater sailed to America in 1772.

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