Origins Available: English
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.
Early Origins of the Kidson family
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.
Early History of the Kidson family
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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.
Early Notables of the Kidson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kidson family to Ireland
Some of the Kidson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 98 words (7 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 Kidson family to the New World and Oceana
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 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, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Sarah Kidson, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Emma Kidson, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- George Kidson, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
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