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The name Widson 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)


Widson Early Origins



The surname Widson 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)

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Widson Early History


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Widson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Widson research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1297, 1576, 1619, 1732, 1898 and 1990 are included under the topic Early Widson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Widson Spelling Variations


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Widson 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.

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Widson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Widson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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..

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