Kid - Surname Meaning

An old Angus surname in Dundee and Arnbroath. (1) It may be from OE. Cydd(a) or Cydd(I). Cf. Gilchrist Kide who held land near river Nethan, 1180—1203 (Kelso, 110). (2) The name, however, is more probably a diminutive of Christopher. Robertus Kyd de Dunde is mentioned in 1357 (CDE., 6). The seal of Andrew Kyde is appended to instrument of 1473 (Seals Supp., 590). Sande Kid and Thome Kyd ‘callit Baity Kid’ were summoned to attend an inquest at Forfar, 1450, and John Kyd and Nychol Kyd appear in Brechin in same year (REB., I, 147,152). Cristiane Kydde, son and heir of Roger Cissor, held part of the land of Langforgrurde in the sheriffdom of Perth, 1470 (RMS., II, 452). Alexander Kyd held a land in Aberdeen, 1492 (REA., I, p. 331). The Kyd family appears repeatedly in the burgh records of Dundee from 1520 up to the present day (Wedd., p. 195). Alexander Kid was ‘chanoun of our Soueran Lordis chapell’ in Stirling, 1530 (SBR., p. 39,266), William Kyd was burgess of Perth, 1563 (Methven, p. 66), Robert Kyd was portioner of Nethermains, 1571 (Retours, Ayr, 708), and William Kyd was retoured heir of Robert Kyd, son of Master James Kyd of Craigie, in lands in the parish of Alloa (Inquis.).

The Surnames of Scotland (1946) by George Fraser Black (1866-1948)

A young goat; also, Kid, from the Saxon Cythan, to show, discover, or make known.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

This surname is a variant of: Kidd & Kydd.

Kid - Surname Distribution

Kid Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Kids in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Renfrewshire8-
2Lanarkshire5-
3Yorkshire5-
4Perthshire4-
5Northumberland3-
6Norfolk2-
7Angus2-
8Midlothian2-
9Derbyshire2-
10Staffordshire2-
11Middlesex2-
12Lancashire1-
13Kirkcudbrightshire1-
14Hampshire1-
15Orkney1-
16Durham1-

Highest Incidence of Kids in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Kilbarchan80.12
2Glasgow5-
3Leeds4-
4Gosforth30.05
5Monzievaird30.43
6Kirkpatrick Durham10.08
7Logie-pert10.10
8Stoke upon Trent1-
9Stockton upon Tees1-
10Kirkwall10.02
11Boughton10.42
12Monifieth10.01
13West Calder10.01
14Wolstanton1-
15Osmaston by Ashbourne10.27
16Leith1-
17Bradford1-
18Kensington1-
19Warton10.02
20Fareham10.01
21Buxton10.03
22Hammersmith1-
23Auchterarder10.03
24Kenninghall10.08

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