Ydone is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Old Norman female personal name Idunn,
which is thought to be composed of the elements idja,
which means to work or perform,
which means to love.
While most surnames adapted from personal names descend through patronymic
lineage, the name Iddon is a relatively rare case of a metronymic name. While patronymic lineage was traditional in Norman society, in cases such as when a man had a second family and wished to distinguish between the two groups the children may have adopted the name of the mother.
Early Origins of the Ydone family
The surname Ydone was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Iden. The village of Iden appeared in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086 after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D. At this time the village was held by Geoffrey and Leofwin from the Count of Eu, the tenant-in-chief. Conjecturally this family name is descended from one of those Norman nobles. The village, originally spelt 'Idene' is the name of a Norse goddess. From about the 16th century the name was more popularly spelt Iddon.
Early History of the Ydone family
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Ydone Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ydone family name include Iddon, Idon, Iden, Idens, Iddin, Iddins, Hidden and many more.
Early Notables of the Ydone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ydone family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ydone family to immigrate North America: E. Hidden who settled in New York State in 1823; Sarah Hiden settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764; Frederick Iddins settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1837.