The Sedgwicke name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Sedgwicke family
The surname Sedgwicke 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 Sedgwicke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sedgwicke 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 Sedgwicke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sedgwicke Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sedgwicke has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.
Early Notables of the Sedgwicke 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 Sedgwicke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sedgwicke family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sedgwicke were among those contributors:
Sedgwicke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Sedgwicke who settled in New York in 1803