The ancestors of the name Kiddell date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in a parish named Kiddal
near Leeds. Other references beleive the name to be an occupational
name for one who was a fisher of rivers
, but our research proves that this is a less likely origin.
Early Origins of the Kiddell family
The surname Kiddell was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Kiddell family
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Kiddell Spelling Variations
Kiddell 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. Many variations of the name Kiddell have been found, including Kiddle, Kiddal, Kidel, Kidale, Kydhall, Kyddall, Kiddall and many more.
Early Notables of the Kiddell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kiddell 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 Kiddells to arrive on North American shores:
Kiddell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Kiddell, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1904
- John Alexander Kiddell, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1918
- Nellie Kiddell, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Kiddell (post 1700)
- Joan Kiddell -Monroe (1908-1972), British author and illustrator of children's books
- John Kiddell, distinguished Australian author