Huddesdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Huddesdon was derived from a pre-existing place named Huddleston in the West Riding of Yorkshire.   The place name is in turn derived from the Old English personal name Hudel, and are said to be originally of Saxon descent. 
Early Origins of the Huddesdon family
The surname Huddesdon was first found in Cumberland, where they originally held Millom Castle at Millom, now in Cumbria . Godard be Boyvill was granted a manor on the site and held the Manor of Millom c. 1134. His granddaughter married into the Hudleston family and ownership was passed in c. 1240. John Hudleston was given a licence to crenellate in 1335. Over the centuries the castle has fallen into ruin and is now used as a farmhouse. 
The Curia Regis Rolls of 1200 included Richard de Hudelesdun in Yorkshire at that time. 
The parish of Sawston in Cambridgeshire was home to a branch of this illustrious family in early times. "The ancient manor-house here of the Huddleston family was visited by Queen Mary, who spent some time in it." 
"Hoddlesden Hall, in the ancient parish of Whalley, [Yorkshire] was probably the residence of the Hoddlestons or Huddlestons of former times. An old family of Huddleston owned the manor of Westhall, Whittington (Whittaker's "Richmond"). Huddlestone was a well - known name in Lincoln from the 14th to the 16th century, during which period six mayors and one sheriff of the city bore the name." 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus de Hodilston as holding lands there at that time. In Cumberland, the "Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III." included: John de Hodeleston, Cumberland, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.) 
Early History of the Huddesdon family
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Huddesdon Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Huddesdon family name include Huddleston, Hoddleston, Hodleston, Hiddleston, Hiddlestone and many more.
Early Notables of the Huddesdon family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Huddleston who inherited the manor of Sawston in Cambridge in 1496 through his marriage to Isabel, fifth daughter of John, Marquess of Montecute.
Sir John Huddleston (1517-1557) of Sawston, Cambridgeshire, was an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Cambridgeshire in October 1553, April 1554 and November 1554.
Richard Huddleston (Hudleston) (1583-1655), was an English Benedictine monk, studied philosophy and divinity for a few years in the English College at Rome. He was born in...
Migration of the Huddesdon family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Huddesdon surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Huddleston, who settled in Maine in 1622; Valentine Huddlestone, who settled in Maryland in 1663; Thomas Huddleston, who came to Maryland in 1775.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Soli Deo honor et gloria
Motto Translation: Honour and glory be to God alone.