Giddey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Giddey is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived the ancient Hebrew name Gideon, meaning one who cuts down.

Early Origins of the Giddey family

The surname Giddey 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 Giddey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giddey 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 Giddey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Giddey Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Giddey were recorded, including Giddy, Giddie, Gideon, Gedy, Geddy, Geddey and others.

Early Notables of the Giddey 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...
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Migration of the Giddey family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Giddey family emigrate to North America: James Giddie who settled in New England in 1805.


Contemporary Notables of the name Giddey (post 1700) +

  • Richard Giddey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate, 1944, 1946, 1952; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950 [5]
  • Richard Giddey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950 [5]
  • Allan F. Giddey, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 13th District, 1946, 1948, 1956 [5]


  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
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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