Liddiard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Liddiard family

The surname Liddiard was first found in Lancashire at Lydiate, a village and civil parish of Halsall, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby. Now part of Mersyside, the village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Leiate and was held by Roger of Poitou at that time. [1] "In the reign of Richard II., this place was possessed by a family of the local name, whose heiress married into the Blackburn family; and an heiress of the latter conveyed Lydiate to Thomas, son of Sir John Ireland, of the Hutt, and Hale" [2]

By 1202, the place name was listed as Liddigate. Literally the place name means "place at the swing-gate," from the Old English "hlid-geat." [3] Lydiate Ash is a small hamlet in Worcestershire.

Another branch of the family was found at Lidgate a parish, in the union of Newmarket, hundred of Risbridge in Suffolk. It is difficult to determine which of the parishes came first, but "near the church is a spacious and lofty mount with some remains of extensive intrenchments, probably the site of a strong castle.

Lydgate, the poet, was born at this place, from which he took his name." [2] John Lydgate of Bury (c. 1370-1451) was a monk and prolific poet who wrote over 145,000 lines. By example, his work Troy Book was over 30,000 lines based on a translation of the 13th century Latin writer Guido delle Colonne. He was an admirer of Geoffrey Chaucer and a close friend of his son, Thomas.

Early History of the Liddiard family

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Liddiard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lydiat, Lydiatt, Liddiat, Liddiatt, Liddiard, Lidiard, Lydiate and many more.

Early Notables of the Liddiard family (pre 1700)

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United States Liddiard migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Liddiard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Liddiard, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [4]

Australia Liddiard migration to Australia +

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

Liddiard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • W.W. Liddiard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [5]
  • James Liddiard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [6]
  • Henry Liddiard, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [7]

New Zealand Liddiard 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:

Liddiard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Liddiard, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Liddiard (post 1700) +

  • Jon Brody Heffner- Liddiard (b. 1977), former American NFL football long snapper
  • E.J. Liddiard, British founding member of the Queens Park Harriers, eponym of the Liddiard trophy in 1947
  • William Liddiard, Canadian founder of Liddiard Wheels and inventor of the omni-directional tire, which allows trucks to move vehicle sideways
  • Rebecca Liddiard, Canadian actress, best known for her role as constable Adelaide Stratton in Houdini & Doyle (2016)
  • Gareth Liddiard, Australian musician and founding member of The Drones


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm


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