Widdowson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Widdowson was originally a baptismal name as in "the son of Wydo" which is English for Guido or Guy [1] or it was an Old English name derived from "widuwe, widewe (widow)" [2]

Early Origins of the Widdowson family

The surname Widdowson was first found in Norfolk where William filius Wydo was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. The same roll lists Reginald filius Wydonis in Hunts county. Other early variants of the name include Thomas Wydowe who was listed during the reign of Richard II (1367-1400) and much later Annabella Wydow was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. This latter listing is quite unique as at this time, female entries were very rare. [1]

Early History of the Widdowson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Widdowson research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1297, 1576, 1619, 1732, 1898, 1990, 1588, 1645, 1588, 1603, 1604, 1505, 1502 and 1481 are included under the topic Early Widdowson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Widdowson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Widdow, Wyddow, Wyddowson, Widdowson, Widdas, Widders, Widdis, Widwise, Widdars, Widow, Widows, Widdos, Widdoes and many more.

Early Notables of the Widdowson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include David Vernon Widder (1898-1990), an American mathematician. Giles Widdowes (1588?-1645), was an English divine, born about 1588, son of Thomas Widdowes of Mickleton, Gloucestershire and was probably matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, in 1603-1604. [3] Robert Wydow (d. 1505), was an English poet and musician, born at Thaxted, Essex. "His stepfather, a...
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Australia Widdowson migration to Australia +

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

Widdowson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Widdowson (post 1700) +

  • Ralph David Widdowson (1903-1969), American Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University
  • A.M Widdowson, English founder of Widdowson Group in 1902, a logistics company
  • Samuel Weller Widdowson (1851-1927), English footballer and cricketer and played once for the England national football team
  • Joseph "Joe" Widdowson (b. 1989), English footballer from Forest Gate, England
  • Albert Widdowson (1864-1938), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire in 1894
  • Mr. William Widdowson, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1594 to 1595
  • Mr. George Widdowson, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1578 to 1579
  • Air Commodore Martin Keith Widdowson (b. 1946), British Royal Air Force pilot, senior Royal Air Force officer, the 24th and last Commandant Royal Observer Corps
  • Henry Widdowson (b. 1935), British linguist
  • Elsie Widdowson CH CBE FRS (1908-2000), British dietitian, co-responsible for overseeing the government-mandated addition of vitamins to food and war-time rationing in Britain during World War II


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden


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