The ancestors of the name Sedgwyck date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Sedgwyck family
The surname Sedgwyck 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 Sedgwyck family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sedgwyck research.Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1669, 1600, 1658, 1573, 1611 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Sedgwyck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sedgwyck Spelling Variations
Sedgwyck has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sedgwyck have been found, including Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.
Early Notables of the Sedgwyck 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 Sedgwyck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sedgwyck family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sedgwycks to arrive on North American shores: Major General Robert Sedgwick (c.
1611-1656), who settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635; Joe and Mary Sedgwick who settled in Virginia in 1679.