Last name: Kidd

This interesting Anglo-Scottish surname has three possible origins. The first is from a medieval nickname for a lively, frisky person, and derives from the Middle English "kid(e)", meaning a young goat! The second possible origin is from the Middle English word "kidde" meaning a faggot of wood, and is an occupational surname for a seller of firewood and kindling. The third source is Anglo-Scottish, and is a derivative nickname of "Kit", itself a pet form of the name "Christopher", a Greek personal name introduced by Crusaders returning from the Holy Land in the 12th century. There are a number of variants of the modern surname including Kidd, Kidde, Kyd, Kydde, Kidman, etc. Early examples of the surname recordings include Reginald Kyd in the Hundred Rolls of Oxford for the year 1273, Willelmus Kydde in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls of the same city, and Roger Kidd, who is recorded as being at "James Cittye, Virginea" on February 23rd 1623. This Roger Kidd was one of the very earliest settlers in the New World. Another was William Kidd of Boston, Massachusetts, who in 1696 was given the command of a privateer to suppress piracy in 1696, but undertook piracy himself, finding it more profitable than being a "Kings man". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Kide, which was dated 1181, in the pipe rolls of the county of Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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KennethKidd
Whilst I agree that there are some sugestions that the namw "Kidd" has anglo-saxon beginings I believe that there are also strong reasons to associate "Kidd" with the North and East of Scotland. There are in these regions, and in particular Angus and Buchan districts, very high concentrations of population bearing this name both past and present to suport the Norse or Northern and Eastern Scotland origins of the name "Kidd".

Dan Kidd
Two other early Kidd's can be added to the list: William Kide of Bucton (near Bridlington, Yorkshire), c. 1220 Everard Kide (possibly of Bridlington, Yorkshire), c. 1180 Both of these records can be found in the Chartulary of Bridlington Priory (available online to download free). I would agree that the Kidd name origins are very old, probably of Anglo-Saxon origins. It is worth note that some early Kidd's, such as Unfrei Cide (1185, London) and Ughtred Kide (1343; Ripon), have Pre-Norman first names suggesting Anglo-Saxon ancestry. Furthermore, the Domesday book lists some usage of the name (or related) as a second name pre-conquest: Algar Cida of Nottinghamshire; Wulfwin Chit of Huntingdonshire (see www.domesdaymap.co.uk).

Kim Kidd

Interesting info. I wished there were more of it.