Kidhan is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the Dutch personal name Kygeir
which meant people's spear.
The surname Kidhan 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
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
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 Kidhan family
The surname Kidhan 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Kidhan family
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Kidhan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Kidhan has been recorded under many different variations, including Kidder and others.
Early Notables of the Kidhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kidhan family to Ireland
Some of the Kidhan 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
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Migration of the Kidhan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kidhan or a variant listed above: 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.