Fidoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Fidoe 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Fidoe family

The surname Fidoe was first found in Kincardineshire, where the family claim descent from the old barony of Fides, anciently Futhos or Fothes, in the parish of Foveran. "Eadmund or Edmund de Fotheis and Alwinus or Aleuin, his son who witnessed two charters between 1200-1207, are probably the first recorded of the name. Fergus de Fothes, son of John de Fothes, received in 1289 from Alexander Cumyn, Earl of Buchan, a charter of the whole tenement of Fothes. Payments were made to John Fotis and to Walter de Fothes in 1328-9, Eustace de Futhes was collector of contributions in Aberdeenshire, 1373." [1]

"William Fettes, grandfather of the founder of Fettes College, Edinburgh, was a native of Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire." [1]

To the south in England, Emma Fete was listed in the Curai Regis Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1227; John le Fette was found in Berkshire in 1294; and John ffettys was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Fidoe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fidoe research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1423, 1435, 1447, 1491, 1498, 1488, 1524, 1597, 1600, 1603, 1621, 1671, 1725, 1671, 1687, 1690, 1691 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Fidoe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fidoe 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 Fidoe family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Richard Fiddes (1671-1725), English divine and historian, the eldest son of John Fiddes. He was born in 1671 at Hunmanby, near Scarborough, but was brought up by an uncle who was vicar of Brightwell, Oxfordshire. "By him he was educated at a school at Wickham, near Scarborough. In October 1687 he...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fidoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Fidoe migration to Australia +

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

Fidoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Fidoe, British Convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [3]


The Fidoe 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: Industria
Motto Translation: Industrious.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden


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