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The Kidman surname comes from the Middle English word "kid(e)," which referred to a young goat. The name may have originally been a nickname for someone energetically kid-like, or it may have occupational for a herder of goats.

Kidman Early Origins



The surname Kidman was first found in Suffolk and Northamptonshire, where a William, Ralp Kide was on record in 12th century Pipe Rolls for those counties. An Alan Kydeman was also on record in Norfolk, in the 1275 Rotuli Hundredorum. The Hundredorum Rolls also lists Reginald Kidd. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had three entries: Ricardus Kyd; Thomas Kydde; and Willelmus Kydde. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Kidman Spelling Variations


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Kidman Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Kidd, Kydd, Kidman, Kideman, Kidde, Kydeman and others.

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Kidman Early History


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Kidman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kidman research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, 1735, 1645, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Kidman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kidman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kidman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kidman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kidman In Ireland


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Kidman In Ireland



Some of the Kidman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kidman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel John Kidman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Buckinghamshire 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  • Samuel John Kidman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Caroline Kidman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • Samuel George Kidman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm
  • William Kidman, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

Kidman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Kidman, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Isabella Kidman, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kidman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kidman (post 1700)



  • Nicole Mary Kidman (b. 1967), Academy Award-winning Hawaiian-born Australian actress, named Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006
  • Sir Sidney Kidman (1857-1935), Australian cattleman, who at one time was the largest landowner in the British Empire
  • Jens Kidman (b. 1966), Swedish musician and vocalist
  • F Iona Kidman DNZM, OBE (b. 1940), New Zealand novelist, poet and scriptwriter
  • Antonia Kidman (b. 1970), Australian journalist and the younger sister of actress Nicole Kidman

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839D'Auvergne.htm

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Kidman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kidman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 November 2013 at 11:31.

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