The ancestors of the name Siddenhan date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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.
Siddenhan 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 Siddenhan were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.
Early Origins of the Siddenhan family
The surname Siddenhan 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 Siddenhan family
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Siddenhan Spelling Variations
Siddenhan 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 Siddenhan have been found, including Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.
Early Notables of the Siddenhan 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 Siddenhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Siddenhan 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 Siddenhans to arrive on North American shores: 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.