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Origin, Meaning, Family History and Biddulph Coat of Arms and Family Crest

This name is of English locational origin from a place in Staffordshire called Biddulph.  The name acquires from the Olde English pre 7th century 'bi' meaning 'by' and 'dulf' or 'dylf' a derivative of 'delfan' to dig i.e. a mine or quarry.  Biddulph therefore, is taken to mean 'the place by the mine'.  More common variations are: Bidulph, Biddolph, Biddalph, Bidoulph, Biddluph, Biddulf, Bidalph, Beddalph, Beddolph. The surname Biddulph first found in Staffordshire at Biddulph, where "Biddulph Hall, at the north end of the parish, was anciently the residence of the Biddulph family."

Some of the people with the name Biddulph who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included William Biddulph, who landed in New Jersey in 1679. People with the surname Biddulph who landed in the United States in the 18th century included V. Biddulph, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1892.  Barbara Biddulph, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Scotland, in 1893.

Some of the people with the surname Biddulph who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Alfred Biddulph, aged 2, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1900.  Mary Biddulph, aged 5, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1900.  Prudence Biddulph, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1900.  Herbert Biddulph, aged 26, who landed in America from West Bromwich, in 1905.  Evelina Biddulph, aged 24, who landed in America from West Brunswick, England, in 1908.

Some of the people with the surname Biddulph who arrived in the Canada in the 19th century included Harriett S. Biddulph, aged 42, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913.  Reginald Biddulph, aged 25, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913.  Reginald Vivian Biddulph, aged 25, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Biddulph, co. Stafford, confirmed with three quarterings by the deputy of Flower, Norroy, 1583, to Francis Biddulph, Esq. of Biddulph, third in descent from Richard Biddulph, and eighth from Roger Biddulph, temp. Edward I., grandson of Henry Biddulph, of Biddulph, co. Stafford, Her. Vis.). Motto—Sublimiora petamus. (Elmhurst; co Stafford, Westcombe, co. Kent, and Birdingbury, co. Warwick, bart., descended from Biddulph of Biddulph.). (Ledbury and Burghill, co. Hereford). (Amroth Castle, co. Pembroke). Vert an eagle displ. ar. armed and langued gu. Crest—A wolf sejant reguard. ar. vulned on the shoulder gu.
2) (Wright-Biddulph, Burton Park, co. Sussex). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, vert an eagle displ. ar., for Biddulph; 2nd and 3rd, az. two bars ar. and in chief a leopard’s face or, for Wright; quartering. Goring, Compton, and Camoys. Crests— 1st: A wolf salient ar.; 2nd: Out of a ducal coronet or, a dragon’s head ppr.
3) (Chirk Castle, co. Denbigh). Motto—In veritate triumpho. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, vert, an eagle displ. ar. armed and langued gu. for Biddulph; 2nd and 3rd, ar. on a bend vert three wolves heads erased of the field, for Myddelton. Crests—A wolf salient ar. charged on the shoulder with a trefoil slipped vert, for Biddulph; out of a ducal coronet or, a bloody hand, ppr., for Myddelton.

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References

  • 1 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
  • 4 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 5 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74