The surname of GEDDING was a locational name 'of Gedding' a parish near Stilton, County Huntingdonshire. Early records of the name mention Nicholas de Gedding, County Essex, 1273. Henry de Geddinge was documented during the reign of Edward 1 (1272-1307).
The Normans had three kinds of names from different sources. First were names their Viking ancestors brought from Norway to France (8th Century). That's why they were Normans (Northmen). Second were names they found in France.The Franks (French) had come from Franconia in Germany and had crossed the Rhine to occupy the Roman Province of Gaul (5th Century) and called it France. They mixed Latin and German to create French, translating old Germanic names into it, ignoring existing Latin and Celtic (pre-Roman) names.The Viking Normans who also ditched their own language (except for the names) adopted French names as well. The third kind of Norman names were religious. They became Christians and the most religious of them used Saints names. The Normans between 1066 and 1170 conquered England, southern Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Sicily and southern Italy.They were followed everywhere by other French families and some Bretons (the pre-Roman Celts left in north-west France). To this day their names are found in Royalty, Politics and Big Business in these countries and in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States which their descendants colonised. A later instance of the name includes Richard Gunning and Mary Giddings who were married at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1702. The name has many variant spellings which include Geddings, Gittens and Gittings.
A notable member of the name was Joshua Reed Giddings (1795-1864) the American politician and anti-slavery campaigner, born in Athens, Pennsylvania. He sat in congress (1838-59) and in 1861 he was appointed consul-general in Canada.
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