Origins Available: English
Kidston is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that 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 Kidston family
The surname Kidston 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 Kidston family
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Kidston Spelling Variations
Kidston has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Kidston have been found, including Kitson, Kidson, Kydson, MacKett, MacCeit and others.
Early Notables of the Kidston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kidston family to Ireland
Some of the Kidston 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 Kidston family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kidstons to arrive on North American shores: Marmaduke Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1639; along Merma; Mary Kitson, who settled in Virginia in 1768; as well as George, James, Nathan and Thomas Kitson, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Kidston (post 1700)
- Brian C. Kidston, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 37th District, 1974, 1976 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Robert Kidston (1852-1924), Scottish palaeobotanist, won the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1916
- William Kidston (1849-1919), Australian politician and Premier of Queensland from 1906-1907 and again in 1908-1911
Historic Events for the Kidston family
- Ms. Catherine Kidston, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion CITATION[CLOSE]
Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance