Very early in the lives of humans on earth, people and families didn't have last names (surnames). Surnames came about when people started moving around, and also as a result of poll taxes. People started using surnames that represented what they did for a living, where they were from, or what they looked like. Giddings is a locational name. Depending on which website you search, Giddings derives from
'Gedds family place,' and 'Gedd' probably comes from 'God,' which, of course, means 'good.'
The name 'Giddings' has numerous spellings, including but probably not limited to:
Giddings, Gidden, Giddens, Gittens, Gittins, Gittings, Geddings, and Gyddings.
Read more about the Giddings surname at the . . .
Surname Database site.
Another very intereting site to start researching the Giddings name is:
Click on the enormous blue link at the top and it will take you to a book
'The Giddings Family: Descendants of George Giddings'
when they left St. Albans, England and went to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635. You can read the book online.
Please let me know if you read it.
Google 'giddings family history' and you will find numerous sites with more info about the Giddings family.