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Fiddy Coat of Arms / Fiddy Family Crest

Fiddy Coat of Arms / Fiddy Family Crest

The surname of FIDDY was a baptismal name which was derived from the Old French 'fitz-deu' a name meaning the son of God. The name was brought to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066 and was originally rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form FILIUS. Early records mention Edward Fidde, who was recorded in Lancashire in 1198, and Edward Fiddey appears in Yorkshire in 1203. John Walter Fiz Deu Fideu was documented in the year 1377 in Pinchbeck, County Suffolk. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Later instances of the name include Fridaysweede, daughter of Mr. Southworth, who was baptised at St. Antholon, London in the year 1553, and Thomas Franclyn and Frysweede Watwood were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1561. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function of 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. The name has variant spellings which include Friswid, Fiddey and Fiddes. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. 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 lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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