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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
or it was an Old English name derived from "widuwe, widewe (widow)" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Early History of the Widdowson family


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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)


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Migration of the Widdowson family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Julia Widdows, aged 24, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1894; Arthur Charles Widdows, aged 55, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1909; and Susan Widdows, aged 27, who arrived at Ellis Island from Oxford in 1894..

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
  • 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

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Citations


  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)

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