Kidwell Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Kidwell Name
Origins of Kidwell:
The surname of Kidwell hails from the country of England, and is known to be a locational surname from this area. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have taken a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Kidwell, the word itself derives from an Old English Pre 7th Century word of “Kidael,” which can be translated to mean “cattle valley.” Kidael itself derives from the Old English Pre 7th Century words of “cy” which can be translated to mean “cattle,” and the addition of “dael,” which can be translated to mean “a steep valley.” Another possible derivation of the surname of Kidwell is that it comes from the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “cy-waella,” which can be translated to mean “a spring where the cattle drink from.” In this case, the surname of Kidwell is considered to be topographical. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished.
More common variations are: Kidwelle, Kiddwell, Kidewell, Kidweell, Keidwell, Kidell, Kidwel, Kiddell, Kadwell, Kedwell, Kitwell, Kidwall, Keddle, Kedle, Keedwell, Kiddle
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Kidwell can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Abraha Kidwell was mentioned in the Church Recorded of the church of St. Mary Whitechapel, which is located in the city of London, in the year of 1564. This mention of the surname of Kidwell was a baptism, and occurred under the reign of one Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known throughout the ages and commonly referred to as one “Good Queen Bess.” Queen Elizabeth I of England ruled from the year of 1558 to the year of 1603. Other mentions of the surname of Kidwell within the country of England include one Agnes Kyddall, who was wed to one Peter Penne at the church of St. Margaret’s, Westminster, London in the year of 1572.
United States of America:
Within the United States of America, there is a sizeable population of those who bear the surname of Kidwell. This large population can be attributed to the European Migration, which was a movement of people from European countries to the United States of America. Among those who migrated to the United States was one J. H. Kidwell, who arrived in the city of San Francisco, California in the year of 1851, bringing the surname of Kidwell to the New World. It was almost 50 years before the next Kidwell arrived in the United States; John E. Kidwell arrived in America in the year of 1906.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Kidwell: United States 10,626; South Africa 785; England 215; Australia 46; Wales 45; Canada 43; Scotland 39; New Zealand 36; Zimbabwe 11; China 3
Zedekiah Kidwell (1814-1872) who served as a Member of the Virginia State House of Representatives from the year of 1842 to the year of 1845, and again from the year of 1849 to the year of 1852, and also served as the Delegate to the Virginia State Constitutional Convention in the year of 1849, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
Wayne Kidwell, who served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Idaho in the year of 1972, who served as the Idaho State Attorney General in the year of 1975 to the year of 1979, who served as the Justice of the Idaho State Supreme Court in the year of 1999 to the year of 2004, and who also was a Republican politician from America.
Lauren Kidwell, who served as an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Illinois in the year of 2004, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
Jim Kidwell (born in 1950) who was a police officer, and supervised Niles Township, Michigan from the year of 2009 to the year of 2012, and who was a Republican politician from America.
Kidwell Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Kidwell blazon are the wolf and peacock. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The wolf was the symbol of Rome long before the advent of heraldry, and before that was sacred to the ancient Egyptians. 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P31 In heraldry it is probably more often just as head than the whole animal, but when whole it can be in many different poses. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Wolf It is found from the earliest instances of arms, but quite often due to a derivative of its French name, loup sharing the initial sound of many family names like LOWE and LOVATT.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. The peacock provides an instantly recognisable species, almost always facing the viewer with the full glory of the tail expanded in a pose known as in his pride. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Peacock Wade reckons it the “most beautiful and proudest of birds”. 10The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P77