Kiddie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Kiddie family lived. The name Kiddie comes from the Gaelic surname Mac Adaidh, which means son of Adam. Addie, Addy, Adie, Eadie, Eddie, and Edie are all pet forms or double diminutives of the name Adam.

Early Origins of the Kiddie family

The surname Kiddie was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat at Strathardle, in the valley of the Ardle Water.

The first of the Clan was Gillimichael M'Ade, famous in Strathardle tradition, who was alive in 1232. The name took on many forms as it emerged from the original Gaelic. MacAddie, MacKeddie, MacChaddy, and when it became fashionable to drop the Mac it became Addie, Keddie, Chaddy, even MacKiddie, and so on.

Their home and clan seat was deep in the forest of Strathardle at Petcarene. Some members of the Fergusons of the Balmacruchie became McAdies.

ONe of the first records of the family was "the ship of John Kede, a Scotsman, was wrecked at Holkham, Norfolk, England, in 1388," [1] but from that early recording we must wait almost two centuries to find the next. The same source note that "John Kady was in record in Dysart, 1577, Margaret Keddie in Falsyde, parish of Roberton, 1623, and Dorathia Kadie, was heir of Alexander Kadie, tailor in Edinburgh, 1616. " [1]

Early History of the Kiddie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kiddie research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1639, 1670, 1647, 1664 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Kiddie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kiddie Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Kiddie has been written MacAddie, McAddie, MacKeddie, McKeddy, MacKiddie, McKiddie, MacKedy, McKedy, MacKeddey, McKeddey, MacAdie, McAdie, Keddy, Keddie, Cheddy, Cheddie, Keddey, Kedy, Kiddie, Kiddy, Cheddey, MacEddie, McEddie, MacEddy, McEddy, Kede, Ceddy, Keddie, MacAdie and many more.

Early Notables of the Kiddie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kiddie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kiddie migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kiddie:

Kiddie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Kiddie, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
Kiddie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kiddie, aged 34, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1894
Kiddie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Kiddie, aged 34, who arrived in America from Fife, Scotland, in 1902
  • Henrietta Kiddie, aged 25, who arrived in America from Fife, Scotland, in 1902
  • James Kiddie, aged 50, who arrived in America from Airdie, Scotland, in 1906
  • Mary Kiddie, aged 23, who arrived in America from Scotland, in 1907
  • Agnes Kiddie, aged 40, who arrived in America from Lochgelly Fife, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kiddie (post 1700) +

  • Lee Kiddie, Scottish professional rugby league footballer, member of the Scotland National Team in 2003
  • Habib Ali Kiddie (1929-1987), Pakistani gold and silver medalist field hockey player from 1950 to 1964
  • Norman Chilton "Nor" Kiddie (b. 1897), English comedian, actor and juggler of the 1920s and '30s
  • Captain Andrew Cameron Kiddie (b. 1889), South African World War I flying ace credited with 15 aerial victories


  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)


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