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Kidson is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Kit, a diminutive of the name Christopher. After the Norman Conquest of 1066, Old English personal names declined in popularity to be replaced by the new Christian names that they brought with them. One of these was Christopher.

Kidson Early Origins



The surname Kidson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Kidson Spelling Variations


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Kidson Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Kidson has undergone many spelling variations, including Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.

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Kidson Early History


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Kidson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kidson research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1359, 1520, 1835, 1911 and 1907 are included under the topic Early Kidson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kidson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kidson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kidson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kidson In Ireland


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Kidson In Ireland



Some of the Kidson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kidson were among those contributors:

Kidson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marmaduke Kidson, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Kidson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Kidson, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Kidson, aged 30, a joiner, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Sarah Kidson, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Emma Kidson, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • George Kidson, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kidson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kidson (post 1700)



  • Frank Kidson (1855-1926), English folksong collector and music scholar
  • Elsa Beatrice Kidson (1905-1979), New Zealand soil scientist and sculptor
  • Charles Kidson (1867-1908), New Zealand art teacher, artist, craftsman and sculptor
  • Edward Kidson (1882-1939), New Zealand meteorologist and scientific administrator

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Kidson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kidson 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.

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