Show ContentsGiddins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Celtic name of Giddins 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 Giddins family

The surname Giddins 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 Giddins family

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Giddins Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Giddins has seen various spelling variations: 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 Giddins 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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Ireland Migration of the Giddins family to Ireland

Some of the Giddins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Giddins migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Giddins:

Giddins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Giddins, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Mr. George Giddins, aged 25, from Clapham, who arrive in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Planter", bound for Ipswich [1]
  • Mrs. Jane Giddins, aged 20, from Clapham, who arrive in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Planter", bound for Ipswich [1]

Australia Giddins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Giddins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Giddins, English convict from Hertford, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Mr. George Giddins, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Giddins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Giddins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Giddins, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Giddins (post 1700) +

  • Gary Giddins (b. 1948), American jazz and film critic, author, and director, awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting
  • Stephen Giddins (b. 1961), English chess player and writer, a FIDE Master, editor of British Chess Magazine from 2010 to 2011
  • Edward Simon Hunter Giddins (b. 1971), former English cricketer who played in four Tests from 1999 to 2000

  1. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook