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Odd families appear in isolated areas such as the Norfolk family which
you have on your database, and in Gloucester and Portsmouth.
With regards to my own lineage, my great grandfather was recorded as KIDWELL on his death and the 1890, 1880 and 1870 censuses, but was married as a KEDWELL.
All American KIDWELLs I have been in touch with are convinced that the name is derived from the South Wales town of KIDWELLY even to the extent of using Kidwelly Castle on the KIDWELL FAMILY ASSOCIATION notepaper, however I have found no link with the town at all.
The surname appears to be much more common in the States, with about 2000 people bearing the name, against about 150 in England and Wales.
8 January 2000