Gidden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Celtic name of Gidden was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name is from the Welsh personal name Gethin. According to some experts, this forename is derived from the word "cethin," which means "dusky" or "dark."
Early Origins of the Gidden family
The surname Gidden was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor near Malpas. The main stem of the family is said to be descended from David Goch, a Welsh chieftain, Lord of Penmachno of Fedwdeg. One of the oldest records of the name was Rhys Gethin (died 1405), Welsh standard bearer and a leading general in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr in which he led an army which captured several castles in South Wales; and later Ieuan Gethin ap Ieuan ap Lleision ( fl. c. 1450) was a Welsh language poet and gentleman from Baglan, Glamorgan. A large number of his own poems remain in existence today.
Early History of the Gidden family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gidden research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1402, 1405, 1676, 1697, 1676, 1697, 1585, 1652, 1615, 1685, 1674, 1709, 1698, 1765, 1725 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Gidden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gidden Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Gidden name over the years has been spelled Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Giddens, Gettens, Gitting and many more.
Early Notables of the Gidden family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhys Gethin (died 1405), key figure in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr, standard bearer and a leading general, took part in the crucial Welsh victory at the Battle of Bryn Glas (1402), led an army which captured several castles in South Wales, killed at either the Battle of Pwll Melyn or the Battle of Grosmont in 1405.
Lady Grace Gethin (1676-1697), was...
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Migration of the Gidden family to Ireland
Some of the Gidden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gidden family
Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Gidden: James, George, and Jane Giddins settled in Boston in 1635; John Giddin(g)s settled in Ipswich in 1653; Edward Giddons settled in Philadelphia in 1773. Adam, James and John Gittens arrived in New York in 1854..
Contemporary Notables of the name Gidden (post 1700) +
- Culver Gidden, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Belize City, 1943 
- Lieutenant Ernest Oliver Gidden GC (1910-1961), British officer awarded the George Cross for the "great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty" he showed while defusing mines and bombs during the Blitz in London
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