The name Kydder is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the Dutch personal name Kygeir
which meant people's spear.
The surname Kydder was adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Kydder family
The surname Kydder was first found in Sussex
where another reference claims that name is an occupational
name for "one who travels with goods for sale. Most if not all the Kidders of England
spring from Maresfield, co. Sussex
, where they may be traced back as far as the reign of Edward II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Kydder family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kydder research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1633, 1703, 1703 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Kydder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kydder Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kydder has been spelled many different ways, including Kidder and others.
Early Notables of the Kydder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kydder family to Ireland
Some of the Kydder family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kydder family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kydders to arrive in North America: John Kidder, who settled in Boston in 1633; James Kidder settled in Cambridge in 1633; Benjamin Kidder settled in Baltimore in 1775; along with William.