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About the study
The registered variants of the name are Bidgood, Bedgood, Bedggood and Bitgood. There are other spellings of these names, which occur occasionally. The variant Bitgood is almost exclusively confined to the USA, but for completeness, and since Bitgood and Bidgood interchange in some lines, it is included in my study. This is the result of close collaboration with an American researcher, Ms. Lorna Dorr.
Bigod and Bedwell names have been extensively researched by others and are not included in this study, since I know of no firm evidence of linkage with the Bidgoods.
History of the name
Richard Bidgood (c.1615 - ?) merchant and clothworker of Romsey, a passenger on 200 ton ship 'Confidence' which sailed from Southampton April 1638 for the New World. Admitted as inhabitant of Boston, Massachusetts May 1639. Bound over in 1647 to keep the peace especially with his wife Mary. Returned to England in 1650 leaving his wife behind.
Humphrey Bidgood (? - 1641) apothecary was poisoned by his man servant Peter Moore. His son John Bidgood M.D. (1624 - 1690) was educated at Oxford, but moved to the Padua School of Medicine. He was a fellow of the College of Physicians in London, but practiced in Exeter. In 1690 he was granted the title of Baron. The title continued in the family until the nineteenth century when it lapsed through lack of male heirs. The Coat of Arms is illustrated above.
Remington Bitgood, (1758 - 1816) soldier 2nd Rhode Island Continentals; surveyor of highway, Chittendon Co. Vermont, USA
John H. Bedggood, (1802 - 1860) wheelwright at Te Waimate Mission Station, New Zealand. Member of Parliament.
John Charles Rowe Bedggood (1847 - 1911) shoemaker, established Bedggood & Co. Pty. Ltd of Melbourne, Australia: suppliers of cricket boots to Australian and UK Test teams.
John Bidgood, (1877 - ?) midshipman aboard HMS Britannia at the Battle of Trafalgar.
Thomas Bidgood, (1858 - 1925) musician and composer of the very popular Boer War march 'Sons of the Brave' 1899, and numerous other marches and light orchestral pieces, a conductor with his own orchestra.
King Bidgood, (? - ?) of the bath, a beloved fictional character who has numerous Google entries.
Distribution of the name
All the Bidgood entries in the birth and marriage indices at the General Registry Office for England and Wales (1837 - 1910) and Scotland (1855 - 1910) have been recorded. All Bidgood and variant occurrences in the 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 Census have been read. The Bidgood entries from the various versions of the IGI and PAF have been transcribed.
The One-Name Study also includes numerous entries from many parish registers and Bishop's transcripts, as well as pedigrees submitted by Bidgood researchers located in various countries. The study comprises (Aug 2011) about 11300 Bidgood, 2400 Bedgood, 900 Bedggood and 400 Bitgood names. New data is being added as it becomes available.
A small subset of this data comprising my own Bidgood/Bedgood line is available on GenesReunited. This and other selected Trees can be found on TribalPages and WorldConnect. I welcome inquiries, and the opportunity to exchange data. Offers of assistance with some or all of the study would be gratefully received.