A friend asked me last week where the surname "Hider" came from. I told him I'd heard it was a "German-Jewish" name and suspected it referred to the job of scraping animal hides many centuries ago. But on surfing the net the other day it seems more likely it comes from less exotic "Bedfordshire" and means someone who “lives at the hide of something" ie “beside something”. We do have a coat of arms though (looks like a walrus wearing a hat to me) and a motto; "Deus novis haec otio fecit" which means, "God hath given us these things in tranquillity". Quite what things we've been given isn't clear. But I do like a bit of tranquillity, so I'll take them, whatever they are.
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