The Kidmend 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.
Early Origins of the Kidmend family
The surname Kidmend 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. 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)
Early History of the Kidmend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kidmend research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, 1735, 1645, 1701 and are included under the topic Early Kidmend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kidmend Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Kidd, Kydd, Kidman, Kideman, Kidde, Kydeman and others.
Early Notables of the Kidmend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kidmend family to Ireland
Some of the Kidmend 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.
Migration of the Kidmend family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kidmend or a variant listed above: Roger Kidd, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Kidd, who came to Maryland in 1642; John Kidd, who was banished to the plantations of America in 1684.