Show ContentsLiddall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Liddall family

The surname Liddall was first found in Roxburghshire, where "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of the Liddel.'" [1] "The family, in which there have been two peerages, were found among the merchants of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, some two centuries and a half since.

The name seems to have been derived from the Liddel, a river of Roxburghshire." [2] "For the last two centuries the Liddells have frequently filled the offices of High Sheriff of the county and of mayor of Newcastle." [3]

"There is, however, an old manor of Liddel in Cumberland from which the name may also have been derived. Persons named Lidel or Lidale appear in various records of the reigns of David II, Robert II, and Robert III, and James I, but none of them seem to have had lands in Liddesdale." [4]

Another source claims the family "descended from Turgis Brundoz, a Norman, to whom Liddel or Lydale, on the borders of Scotland, was granted by Ranulph Meschin, temp. Henry I. It remained with his descendants till temp. John, when it passed away by an heiress to the house of De Stuteville, and then to that of Wake. The younger branch of the De Liddels settled in Scotland, where John de Lidel in 1292 held the revenues of Dundee in farm, while about the same time William de Lydel was seneschal of the Bishop of Glasgow, and led the forces of the see to the support of Robert Bruce." [5]

One of the first records of the name was Richard de Lidel, who witnessed a charter of the church of Largs between 1202 and 1234. Later, Galfridus Liddal was listed in Roxburghshire in 1266.

Early History of the Liddall family

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Liddall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Liddell, Liddel, Liddall, Liddle and others.

Early Notables of the Liddall family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Duncan Liddel (Liddell) (1561-1613), the Scottish mathematician and physician. Liddel was born in Aberdeen and after an education in languages and philosophy, he went abroad at age of 18. In Germany, he studied under a...
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United States Liddall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Liddall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C. H. Liddall, aged 25, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1892
Liddall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Liddall, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1905
  • Eugenia Liddall, aged 17, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Laura Liddall, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Plaislow, England, in 1910
  • George Liddall, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1923

New Zealand Liddall migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Liddall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Liddall, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Liddall (post 1700) +

  • Sir Walter Sydney Liddall CBE (1884-1963), British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament for Lincoln (1931 to 1945)

The Liddall Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Hinc odor et sanitas
Motto Translation: Hence fragrance and health.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook