The ancient history of the Sedwake name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Sedwake family
The surname Sedwake 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 Sedwake family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sedwake 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 Sedwake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sedwake Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sedwake include Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.
Early Notables of the Sedwake 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 Sedwake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sedwake family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sedwake 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.