Kid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kid was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Kid family lived in Angus. "The name, however, is more probably a diminutive of Christopher." [1]

Early Origins of the Kid family

The surname Kid was first found in Dundee and Arbroath where the name was an old Angus surname. "The name, however, is more probably a diminutive of Christopher. Robertus Kyd de Dunde is mentioned in 1357. Gilchrist Kide who held land near river Nethan, 1180-1203." [1]

William Kidd, better known as Captain William Kidd or simply Captain Kidd (c.1654-1701) was the infamous Scottish pirate who was tried and executed. Born in Dundee, he lost his father Captain John Kyd to the sea and the family was supported by a local society. Many believe that he left buried treasure and this led to many novels including Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Early History of the Kid family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kid research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1473, 1450, 1470, 1492, 1520, 1530, 1563, 1571, 1430, 1453, 1430, 1450, 1557, 1595, 1645, 1701, 1761, 1834, 1761, 1784 and are included under the topic Early Kid History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kid Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Kid has appeared as Kidd, Kydd, Kyd, Kid and others.

Early Notables of the Kid family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Kidd, Scottish Author; William Kyd (fl. 1430-1453), a 15th century English pirate active in Southwest England from the 1430s until the...
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Ireland Migration of the Kid family to Ireland

Some of the Kid family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 206 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kid migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Kid Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Kid, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • William Kid, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [2]
  • Peter Kid, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [2]
Kid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Kid, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • Matthew Kid, who landed in New England in 1730 [2]

Canada Kid migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Emilia Kid, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842

Australia Kid migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kid Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Kid (post 1700) +

  • Kid Ory (1886-1973), jazz musician

The Kid Motto +

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: Donec impleat orbem
Motto Translation: Until it fills its orb.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook