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Tidwell Surname History

From informal reading over many years, it appears the surname Tidwell comes from high in the Pennine Mountain range in northern Midlands of England.  There is a very old town there named Tidewill.  Supposedly, the name derives from a Saxon chief named Tidi, dating to the 8th century or so.  the word "well" in place names literally means water well.  There are abundant, powerful, cold artesian wells in the Pennines.  Local chiefs would claim one and the surrounding region as their territory.  So it is loosely Tidi's Well.  I've been to Tidewell, and it's a lovely old settlement.


 

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Famous People named Tidwell

There were three Tidwell brothers who came to the Virginia Colony in about 1650.  They had "plantations" along the Yeocomico River.  They may have been locally famous as early settlers, successful planters, and community members.

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Tidwell Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

The name Tidwell comes from high in the Pennine Mountain range in northern Midlands of [external link] Derbyshire.  It is alledged to be from a Saxon chief named Tidi, who settled there in the 8th century or about that time. It's English in origin.  Typical of English midlands, of Saxon orgin.  There were persons of our more recent history who came from France with William the Conqueror, and were rewarded with manors and lands.

Tidwell Meaning & Etymology

As written above, the name literally means Tidi's Well.  It is spelled many different ways over the centuries.  Tidewell, Tiddeswell, Tideswall, Tyddeswell, and so forth.  There are many nearby towns with similar names...all referring to the artesian well bubbling up with life-giving pure water -- Bakewell, Blackwell, etc.

Tidwell Life Expectancy

According to our database of 7,532 people with the last name Tidwell that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy

70.5
years

Most Common Tidwell First Names

According to our database of 12,107 people with the last name Tidwell that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • James 3.5%
  • William 2.7%
  • John 2.0%
  • Robert 1.4%
  • Charles 1.4%
  • Mary 1.4%
  • George 0.9%
  • Thomas 0.8%
  • David 0.8%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Billy 0.5%
  • Michael 0.5%
  • Henry 0.5%
  • J 0.5%
  • Paul 0.5%
  • Roy 0.5%
  • Willie 0.5%
  • Joseph 0.5%
  • Joe 0.5%
  • Gary 0.4%
  • Ruby 0.4%
  • Walter 0.4%
  • Margaret 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Larry 0.4%
  • Jessie 0.4%
  • Donald 0.4%
  • Jerry 0.4%
  • Dorothy 0.4%
  • Frank 0.3%
  • Carl 0.3%
  • Betty 0.3%
  • Harold 0.3%
  • Helen 0.3%
  • Annie 0.3%
  • Bobby 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Albert 0.3%
  • Charlie 0.3%
  • Floyd 0.3%
  • Martha 0.3%
  • Barbara 0.3%
  • Edward 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%
  • Jack 0.3%
  • Howard 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%
  • Samuel 0.3%
  • Clarence 0.3%
  • Jimmy 0.3%

Tidwell Pronunciation & Spelling Variations

Tidwell, Tidewell, Tidwall, Tidewall, Tydwell, Tyddeswell, Tyddeswall...there may be more.

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