The Kidment 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 Kidment family
The surname Kidment 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 Kidment family
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Kidment Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Kidd, Kydd, Kidman, Kideman, Kidde, Kydeman and others.
Early Notables of the Kidment family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kidment family to Ireland
Some of the Kidment 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 Kidment family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Kidment name or one of its variants: 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.