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Early Origins of the Byddick family

The surname Byddick 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 Byddick family

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Byddick Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Biddick, Bidick, Bidock, Biddock, Byddick, Bydick and others.

Early Notables of the Byddick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Byddick family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Byddick name or one of its variants: 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