Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Siddenham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Sydenham found in the counties of Devon
. These place-names were derived from the Old English terms sid
meaning water meadow.
Siddenham is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the original bearers of the surname Siddenham were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.
Early Origins of the Siddenham family
The surname Siddenham was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of Sydenham from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Siddenham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Siddenham research.Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1224, 1438, 1418, 1431, 1429, 1438, 1620, 1643, 1643, 1696, 1669, 1679, 1676, 1739, 1671, 1641, 1642, 1624, 1689, 1643, 1696, 1669, 1679, 1615, 1661 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Siddenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Siddenham Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Siddenham has been spelled many different ways, including Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.
Early Notables of the Siddenham family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Sydenham (died 1438), medieval Dean of Salisbury (1418-1431) and Bishop of Chichester (1429-1438); Sir John Sydenham, 1st Baronet
of Brimpton, Somerset (c.
1620-1643); Sir John Sydenham, 2nd Baronet
of Brimpton (1643-1696) Member of Parliament for Somerset
(1669-1679); Sir Philip Sydenham, 3rd Baronet... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Siddenham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Siddenham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Siddenhams to arrive in North America: Richard Sidenham, who arrived in Barbados in 1670; Mary Sydenham, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; William Sydenham, a servant sent to Virginia in 1674.