Liddel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Liddel family

The surname Liddel 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 Liddel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Liddel research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1300, 1400, 1383, 1406, 1453, 1474, 1477, 1561, 1613 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Liddel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Liddel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Liddel 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...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Liddel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Liddel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Liddel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Liddel, who settled in Virginia in 1653
Liddel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George and Michael Liddel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
Liddel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • R.H. Liddel, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Walter D. Munson" from Brazil [6]
  • Robert Morris Liddel, aged 61, originally from Donaclony, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Charles Liddel, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Fort St. George" from Hamilton, Bermuda [8]

Australia Liddel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Liddel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Liddel, aged 34, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide" [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Liddel (post 1700) +

  • Darren Liddel (b. 1971), New Zealand three-time gold medalist weightlifting competitor at the 1998 Commonwealth Games


The Liddel 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. ^ Lowe, 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 York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W9-M2L : 6 December 2014), R.H. Liddel, 29 Jun 1919; citing departure port Brazil, arrival port New York, ship name Walter D. Munson, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62B-D4M : 6 December 2014), Robert Morris Liddel, 19 Sep 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN7C-2YZ : 6 December 2014), Charles Liddel, 29 Oct 1923; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Fort St. George, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ADELAIDE 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/adelaide1852.shtml


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