Fiddes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 at Aberdeenshire.

Important Dates for the Fiddes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fiddes research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1373, 1435, 1488, 1524, 1621, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Fiddes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fiddes Spelling Variations

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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Fiddes migration to the United States

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 [1]

Fiddes migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fiddes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Fiddes, (b. 1873), aged 20 months, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Parsee" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874, died on board [2]

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


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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