The distinguished surname Fiddes is of Scottish origin. It is derived from "Fiddes," the name of a barony once known as Fothes or Futhos located in Foveran, Kincardineshire
. The name is thought to be derived from the Gaelic "fiodhais," meaning "wood-place."
Early Origins of the Fiddes family
The surname Fiddes was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where the Fiddes family was anciently seated in its territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat
Early History of the Fiddes family
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Fiddes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fiddes, Fotheis, Fuddes, Fudes, Futhes, Fouthas, Futhois, Fothes, Futhas, Fudas, Fittes, Fette and many more.
Early Notables of the Fiddes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fiddes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fiddes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Fiddes, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Fiddes (post 1700)
- James Fiddes, Scottish footballer
- Sir George Vandeleur Fiddes GCMG, CB (1858-1936), the former British Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies
- Frank James Fiddes (b. 1906), Canadian rower who competed at the 1928 Summer Olympics
- Richard Fiddes (1671-1725), English divine and historian
- Rev. Paul S Fiddes (b. 1947), Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Oxford
The Fiddes 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 Translation: Industrious.