The earliest origins of the Fidge surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person of iron point
which may have been made in reference to a soldier or warrior. The surname Fidge originally derived from the Old English word Fiche
which referred to iron point.
One source claims that the name could have been Norman in origin from "Fitz or Le Fils." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
And another claims the name was from "the Flemish
, Vits; a personal name." CITATION[CLOSE]
Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
At times, sources disagree as to the origin of a surname. This is one of those names. Regardless of the aforementioned origins noted above, Harrison and Lower, two reputable authors on the study of surnames note the name could have been derived from a nickname, as in the "polecat" from the Middle English word "fitchett" meaning "polecat." CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Conversely Reaney, another noted author notes "the common derivation of Fitch and Fitchett from the polecat is untenable." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) In this case, we agree with the latter author who postulates the name was derived from Fiche, "iron point."
Early Origins of the Fidge family
The surname Fidge was first found in Essex
where "the name has long been established." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
However, the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list scattered listings of the family by that time: Gilbert Fiz in Cambridgeshire; Walter Fiz in Bedfordshire; and William Fiz in Somerset
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Fidge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fidge research.Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1300, 1359, 1398, 1612, 1704, 1638 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Fidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fidge Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fidge are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fidge include: Fitch, Fitchett, Fitchitt, Fittch, Fitche, Fitchet, Fitchit, Fitz, Fitts and many more.
Early Notables of the Fidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fidge family to Ireland
Some of the Fidge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fidge family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fidge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John H. Fidge, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
- Harriet Fidge, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
- Sarah Fidge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
Fidge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Fidge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
- Maria Fidge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
Contemporary Notables of the name Fidge (post 1700)
- Colin Fidge, Australian professor at the Queensland University of Technology, known for co-developing the vector clock in 1988
- Ted Fidge (b. 1963), former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne (1982-1988), older brother of John Fidge
- John Fidge (b. 1966), former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne and the Brisbane Bears (1984-1989)
The Fidge 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: Hope.