Kedding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kedding family

The surname Kedding was first found in Suffolk, where the village Kedington is located between Clare and Haverhill in south-west Suffolk. The place dates back to 1043-5 when it was spelled Kydington but was listed as Kidituna in the Domesday Book [1].

Keddington is a parish with a village in the Louth district of Lincolnshire on the river Lud. In the Domesday Book, it was listed as Cadington or Kedingtuna and probably meant "farmstead associated with a man called Cydda" [2]

Early History of the Kedding family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kedding research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1086, 1273 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Kedding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kedding Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kedding have been found, including Keddington, Kedington, Kedton, Kediton, Keddinton and others.

Early Notables of the Kedding family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kedding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kedding family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kedding, or a variant listed above: William Kedton, who sailed to Maryland in 1774.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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