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Early Origins of the Bydick family

The surname Bydick 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 Bydick family

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Bydick Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Biddick, Bidick, Bidock, Biddock, Byddick, Bydick and others.

Early Notables of the Bydick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bydick family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bydick 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