Seddwitch is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Seddwitch family
The surname Seddwitch was first found in Sussex
where the family held an ancient castle and manor near Horsham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Horsham "is supposed to have derived its name from Horsa, the brother of Hengist, who is said to have been interred in the immediate vicinity, in 457, after the battle with Vortimer, near Aylesford, in which he was slain." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Seddwitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seddwitch research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1669, 1600, 1658, 1573, 1611 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Seddwitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seddwitch Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Seddwitch has been recorded under many different variations, including Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.
Early Notables of the Seddwitch family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sedgwick (ca.1610-1669), an English clergyman of Puritan views and mystical tendencies born in Bedfordshire
, known as the “apostle of the Isle of Ely” and “Doomsday Sedgwick"; Obadiah Sedgwick (c.1600-1658), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, a member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seddwitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seddwitch family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Seddwitch or a variant listed above: Major General Robert Sedgwick (c.
1611-1656), who settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635; Joe and Mary Sedgwick who settled in Virginia in 1679.