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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


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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, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Kidson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 8 July 2014 at 16:08.

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