Quidge is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Quidge family once lived in the county of Devon
where they worked as dairy farmers. The surname is both local
, since it describes where the original bearers lived and what work they did. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word cwic. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case the surname Quidge was originally derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer; dairy farming. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Early Origins of the Quidge family
The surname Quidge was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Quidge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quidge research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Quidge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quidge Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Quidge family name include Quick, Quicke, Quig, Quigg, Quegg and others.
Early Notables of the Quidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Quidge family to Ireland
Some of the Quidge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 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 Quidge family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Quidge surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Quick, who arrived in Virginia in 1651; Elizabeth Quicke settled with her husband in St. Christopher in 1634; Thomas Quicke was banished to Barbados in 1685.