Tidey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Tidey is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the village of Tetley found in the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire. Tidey is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the surname Tidey was originally derived from the Old English personal name Taeta from the Old Norse word Teitr meaning cheerful and the Old English word leah menaing wood clearing. In this case the original bearers of the surname Tidey were named due to their close proximity to Taeta's wood clearing.

Early Origins of the Tidey family

The surname Tidey was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early History of the Tidey family

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Tidey Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Tidey were recorded, including Tetley, Tetlow, Tetlaw, Titley and others.

Early Notables of the Tidey family (pre 1700)

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United States Tidey migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Tidey family emigrate to North America:

Tidey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Katharine Davis Tidey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1684 [1]
  • Mary Tidey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684 [1]

Australia Tidey migration to Australia +

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

Tidey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Allan Tidey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tidey (post 1700) +

  • Henry Tidey (1814-1872), English watercolour-painter, born at Worthing House, Sussex, younger brother of Alfred Tidey
  • Alfred Tidey (1808-1892), English miniature-painter, born at Worthing House, Sussex, second son of John Tidey, schoolmaster
  • Herbert Gordon Tidey (1879-1971), English railway photographer, one of the fathers of railway photography
  • Dean Tidey, English guitarist for the British rock band Feeder
  • Alec Mansfield Tidey (b. 1955), Canadian former professional ice hockey right winger who played from 1975 to 1981

HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert Edward Tidey (1916-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]


The Tidey 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: Praemium virtutis honor
Motto Translation: Honor is the reward of virtue.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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