When the ancestors of the Siddney family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Kent
. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words sid,
meaning island or dry land in a fen.
Early Origins of the Siddney family
The surname Siddney was first found in Kent
where they settled in Lewes Priory in 1188, coming from Anjou
. The founder of this family in England
was Sir William Sydney, Chamberlain of King Henry II., who came from Anjou
with that monarch, and was buried at Lewes Priory, East Sussex
in 1188. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Siddney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Siddney research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1595, 1580, 1515, 1515, 1534, 1529, 1586, 1563, 1626, 1598, 1659, 1595, 1677, 1619, 1698, 1623, 1683, 1641, 1704, 1649, 1702, 1676, 1705, 1680, 1737, 1681, 1729, 1682 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Siddney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Siddney Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Siddney has been recorded under many different variations, including Sidney, Sydney and others.
Early Notables of the Siddney family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Sydnor, English clergyman, Archdeacon of Cornwall
in 1515 and then Archdeacon of Totnes from 1515 to 1534; Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586), Lord Deputy of Ireland; his son Robert Sidney (1563-1626), 1st Earl of Leicester, progenitor of the Earls of Leicester; Dorothy Sidney... Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Siddney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Siddney family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Siddneys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Elizabeth Sidney who settled in Virginia in 1643; William Sidney, his wife, 5 children and servants, settled in Barbados in 1680.
The Siddney Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quo fata vocant
Motto Translation: Wherever fate may summon me.