Fiddle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Fiddle is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Fiddle family lived in or near the settlement of Vis-de-lou in Normandy. Over time, the pronunciation of this place-name changed into Fiddle.

Early Origins of the Fiddle family

The surname Fiddle was first found in Surrey where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The personal Norman name, Le Fidelaire, originated from Normandy.

Early History of the Fiddle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fiddle research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1230, 1498, 1511, 1514, 1525, 1565, 1597, and 1632 are included under the topic Early Fiddle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fiddle Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Fiddler, Fidler, Fiddlar, Fidlar, Fidelow, Fydler and many more.

Early Notables of the Fiddle family (pre 1700)

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United States Fiddle migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Fiddle or a variant listed above:

Fiddle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Fiddle, who arrived in North Carolina in 1772 [1]


  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)


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