Fidler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Fidler was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Fidler family lived in or near the settlement of Vis-de-lou in Normandy. Over time, the pronunciation of this place-name changed into Fidler.

Early Origins of the Fidler family

The surname Fidler 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 Fidler family

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Fidler Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Fidler are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fidler include Fiddler, Fidler, Fiddlar, Fidlar, Fidelow, Fydler and many more.

Early Notables of the Fidler family (pre 1700)

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United States Fidler migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Fidler, or a variant listed above:

Fidler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Fidler, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Marie Fidler, aged 17, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • Thomas Fidler, who arrived in Maryland in 1639 [1]
  • George Fidler, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • William Fidler, aged 22, who arrived in Maryland in 1684 [1]
Fidler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Fidler, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Godfrey Fidler, who landed in New York in 1710 [1]
  • Gottfrid Fidler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Phillip Fidler, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1747
  • Philip Fidler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fidler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Fidler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • Martin Fidler, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]

Australia Fidler migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fidler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Fidler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fidler (post 1700) +

  • Rudolph Fidler, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 14th District, 1932, 1934 [3]
  • James M. Fidler, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1870 [3]
  • Chris Fidler, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 2008 [3]
  • Michael Edward Fidler (b. 1956), American retired professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Jimmie Fidler (1900-1988), American columnist, journalist and radio and television personality
  • Dennis John Fidler (b. 1938), retired English former footballer
  • Peter Fidler (1769-1822), English explorer and surveyor who was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company at York Factory
  • Mr. Stephen John Fidler O.B.E., British Deputy Director for Road Investment Strategy Client at the Department for Transport, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Transport [4]
  • Michael M. Fidler (1916-1989), British Conservative Party politician
  • Peter Fidler MBE, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland since 1999
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Ronald Fidler, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Edwin J. Fidler, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [6]

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook
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