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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Giddens, Gettens, Gitting and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor near Malpas.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Giddings
  • Joshua Reed Giddings (1795-1864), American statesman and a prominent opponent of slavery, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1838-1843)
  • Dewitt Clinton Giddings (1827-1903), American politician from Texas who served three non-consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives
  • Marsh Giddings (1816-1875), American politician from Michigan
  • Franklin Henry Giddings (1855-1931), American sociologist and economist, President of the American Sociological Association (1910-1911)
  • Paula Giddings (b. 1947), African-American historian and writer
  • Mike Giddings (b. 1933), former American football player and coach
  • Ammi Giddings (1822-1882), American lawyer and politician from Connecticut
  • Napoleon Bonaparte Giddings (1816-1897), United States Senator from the Nebraska Territory
  • David Giddings (1806-1900), American surveyor, civil engineer, businessman, farmer in Wisconsin
  • Stuart James Giddings (b. 1986), English footballer who played from 2003 to 2011, member of the England National Team (2001-2004)


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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