Biddulph Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Biddulph Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Biddulph blazon is the eagle. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and argent.

The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Biddulph Name

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.

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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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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