Show ContentsKiddle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kiddle has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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 Kiddle family

The surname Kiddle was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Kiddle family

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Kiddle 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 Kiddle have been found, including Kiddle, Kiddal, Kidel, Kidale, Kydhall, Kyddall, Kiddall and many more.

Early Notables of the Kiddle family (pre 1700)

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United States Kiddle migration to the United States +

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 Kiddle, or a variant listed above:

Kiddle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Kiddle, who journeyed to Virginia in 1704

Australia Kiddle migration to Australia +

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

Kiddle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kiddle, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • Mr. John Kiddle, (b. 1836), aged 22, Cornish miner departing from Plymouth on 24th March 1858 aboard the ship "Atalanta" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 9th June 1858 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kiddle (post 1700) +

  • Henry Kiddle (1824-1891), English-born, American educator and author of text books
  • Fred E. Kiddle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1928 [3]
  • Charles Kiddle, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856 [3]
  • Frederick B. Kiddle (1874-1951), English pianist, organist and accompanist
  • Robert Sherren "Bob" Kiddle (1869-1918), English amateur footballer who played for Southampton St. Mary's from 1889 to 1895
  • Francis Edgar Kiddle (1942-2015), British philatelist, President of the Royal Philatelic Society London, awarded a Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award in 2006

  1. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from
  2. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook