The surname of VIDLER was an occupational name 'the fiddler' one who played the fiddle. The name is recorded in early documents in the Latin form VISUS, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Hunfridus Uis de Leuu was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a tenant-in-chief, and appears to be the first of the name on record. Walchelinus Visus lupi appears in County Oxford in the year 1130. Simon le Vythelar was documented in the year 1185. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Other records of the name mention Reginald le Vielur, who was documented in County Cambridge in the year 1273. Robert Vidulator, County Oxford. Matthew Vidler and Frances Barnes were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1786.
Edmund Vidler and Ann Meager were married in the same church in 1808.
Occasionally the name was used as a nickname from the Old French 'visleuu' meaning wolf-face. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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