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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giddins research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1402 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Giddins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Giddins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Giddins family to Ireland
Some of the Giddins 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Giddins family to the New World and Oceana
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, George, and Jane Giddins, who settled in Boston in 1635
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
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