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The origins of this name are somewhat uncertain. It seems quite plausible that the name is derived from the Germanic personal name "Giddo," which later became Gide in French, and Gidley in Anglo-Saxon Britain. There was also an Old English personal name "Gydda," of uncertain origin. There is a place named Gidleigh in Devon, that was part of the lands of the Count of Mortain in the entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.

Early Origins of the Gidley family


The surname Gidley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Gidley family

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Early History of the Gidley family


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Gidley Spelling Variations

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Gidley Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gidley, Gydley, Gidly and others.

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Early Notables of the Gidley family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Gidley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gidley family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Gidley family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gidley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gidley, who was on record in Virginia in 1769

Gidley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edwin Gidley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1875
  • Fred Gidley, who arrived in Michigan in 1888

Gidley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Gidley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  • Elizabeth Gidley, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  • John Gidley, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  • John Gidley, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  • Elizabeth Gidley, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gidley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Gidley, aged 37, a gardener, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Susan Gidley, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • George Gidley, aged 13, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • William Gidley, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gidley (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gidley (post 1700)


  • Memo Gidley (b. 1970), Mexican-American racing driver of German and Canadian ancestry
  • Pamela Gidley (b. 1966), American Television and movie actress
  • Townsend E. Gidley, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County, 1835-36, 1838, 1850; Member of Michigan State Senate, 1839-42, 1863-64 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward A. Gidley, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 20th District, 1902, 1904 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Kurt Gidley (b. 1982), Australian footballer and captain of the Newcastle Knights in the NRL
  • Jennifer Gidley PhD, Australian psychologist, educator and futures researcher
  • Matthew Gidley (b. 1977), Australian rugby league player
  • Sandra Julia Gidley (b. 1957), British politician
  • Josť Guillermo "Memo" Gidley, racing driver

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Citations

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishEmpire.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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