Kiddyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kiddyer was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Dutch personal name Kygeir which meant people's spear. The surname Kiddyer was adopted in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Kiddyer family

The surname Kiddyer was first found in Sussex where another reference claims that name is an occupational name for "one who travels with goods for sale. Most if not all the Kidders of England spring from Maresfield, co. Sussex, where they may be traced back as far as the reign of Edward II." [1]

Early History of the Kiddyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kiddyer research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1633, 1703, 1703 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Kiddyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kiddyer Spelling Variations

Kiddyer 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 Kiddyer have been found, including Kidder and others.

Early Notables of the Kiddyer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Kiddyer family to Ireland

Some of the Kiddyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kiddyer family

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 Kiddyers to arrive on North American shores: John Kidder, who settled in Boston in 1633; James Kidder settled in Cambridge in 1633; Benjamin Kidder settled in Baltimore in 1775; along with William.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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