Bidder

Recorded as Bedder and Bidder, this is an English surname. It has at least two probable origins, and if so can be either be occupational or from a personal name. Firstly if occupational it derives from the pre 7th century Olde German word 'bedda' meaning a barber, and cognate with the Anglo-French 'barbier'. This had the meaning of 'one who cut'. Upto at least the end of the medieval period in the 16th century 'barbers' were required to be multi-talented, combining the professional functions of surgeons, blood letters, and dentists, so a visit to one of these people had a lot more than the usual modern implications. The second possible origin is from the Olde English personal name Beda or Bede. This was a name which through the writings of the first English historian the Venerable Bede in the 8th century, has achieved international status. It is a romantic name which probably meant "bud" as in rose bud, and hence was a baptismal name of endearment. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Beda. This was was dated 1275, in the Hundred Rolls of the county of Warwickshire, during the reign of King Edward Ist and known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • bidder — index applicant (candidate), customer, rival Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bidder — Bid der, n. [AS. biddere. ] One who bids or offers a price. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bidder — A firm or person that wants to buy a firm or security. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * bid bid 2 verb bid PTandPP bidding PRESPART [intransitive, transitive] 1 …   Financial and business terms

  • bidder — A firm or person that wants to buy a firm or security. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * bid bid 2 verb bid PTandPP …   Financial and business terms

  • bidder — [[t]bɪ̱də(r)[/t]] bidders 1) N COUNT: usu supp N A bidder is someone who offers to pay a certain amount of money for something that is being sold. If you sell something to the highest bidder, you sell it to the person who offers the most money… …   English dictionary

  • bidder — UK [ˈbɪdə(r)] / US [ˈbɪdər] noun [countable] Word forms bidder : singular bidder plural bidders 1) someone who makes bids for something, for example at an auction (= an event where things are sold to the person who offers the most money) The… …   English dictionary

  • bidder — n. the highest; lowest bidder * * * [ bɪdə] lowest bidder the highest …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bidder — / bɪdə/ noun a person who makes a bid, usually at an auction ● Several bidders made offers for the house. ♦ the property was sold to the highest bidder to the person who had made the highest bid or who offered the most money ♦ the tender will go… …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • bidder — / bɪdə/ noun a person who makes a bid, usually at an auction ● Several bidders made offers for the house. ♦ the property was sold to the highest bidder to the person who had made the highest bid or who offered the most money ♦ the tender will go… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • bidder — noun Someone who bids, e.g. at an auction The highest bidder shall get the house …   Wiktionary

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