name Idle comes from the family having resided in the region of Idle at Calverley in Yorkshire
. Idle is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Idle family
The surname Idle was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Idle family
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Idle Spelling Variations
Idle has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Idle, Idell, Idel, Idelle, Idil, Idill, Idille, Idylle, Idyll, Ydile and many more.
Early Notables of the Idle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Idle family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Idles to arrive on North American shores:
Idle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Henerich Idle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1794 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Idle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christian Idle, who immigrated to Texas in 1846
Idle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Idle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880