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The Celtic name of Giddings 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."
The surname Giddings 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.
Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Giddings have included Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Giddens, Gettens, Gitting and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giddings research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1402 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Giddings History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giddings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Giddings family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Giddings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Giddings, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Jacob Giddings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
- Henrietta Giddings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840
- Charles Giddings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Northumberland" in 1850
- Diana Giddings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Northumberland" in 1850
Giddings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Giddings, aged 38, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Jane Giddings, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- Richard Giddings, aged 15, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
- William Giddings, aged 25, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Fanny Giddings, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- David Giddings (1806-1900), American surveyor, civil engineer, businessman, farmer in Wisconsin
- Dewitt Clinton Giddings (1827-1903), American politician from Texas who served three non-consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives
- Franklin Henry Giddings (1855-1931), American sociologist and economist, President of the American Sociological Association (1910-1911)
- 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)
- Napoleon Bonaparte Giddings (1816-1897), United States Senator from the Nebraska Territory
- Paula Giddings (b. 1947), African-American historian and writer
- Ammi Giddings (1822-1882), American lawyer and politician from Connecticut
- Mike Giddings (b. 1933), former American football player and coach
- Marsh Giddings (1816-1875), American politician from Michigan
- De Witt Clinton Giddings (1827-1903), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Texas State Constitutional Convention, 1866; U.S. Representative from Texas, 1872-75, 1877-79
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
The Giddings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Giddings Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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