Gidd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Gidd date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence the ancient Hebrew name Gideon, meaning one who cuts down.

Early Origins of the Gidd family

The surname Gidd was first found in Hampshire where Herbert Gidi was the first on record at Winton in 1115. Further north, Walter le Gidye was listed in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1219 and later Roger Geddy was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1230. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Nicholas de Gidd, Huntingdonshire. [2] And in Somerset, Ralph Gydye, and John Gydye were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

In Scotland, John Gedy ( fl. 1370), was Abbot of Arbroath. He was " 'the worthy abbot of Aberbrothock' of Southey's 'Inchcape Bell,' and was in office in 1370 when he entered into an engagement regarding the judge or doomster of the regality. His seal is appended to the act of parliament which regulated the succession to the crown in 1371. " [4]

Early History of the Gidd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gidd research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1699, 1762, 1753, 1720, 1697, 1699, 1729 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Gidd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gidd Spelling Variations

Gidd has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Gidd have been found, including Giddy, Giddie, Gideon, Gedy, Geddy, Geddey and others.

Early Notables of the Gidd family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Charles Gideon; and Sampson Gideon (1699-1762), a Jewish-British banker in London, he was a trusted "adviser of the Government," and a supporter of the Jew Bill of 1753. " His father, Rowland Gideon (d. 1720), a West India merchant, who was a freeman of the city of London and on the court of the Painter Stainers' Company (admitted 17 Feb. 1697), had changed his name from the Portuguese...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gidd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gidd family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gidds to arrive on North American shores: James Giddie who settled in New England in 1805.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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