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The name Sidenghan has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the parish of Sydenham found in the counties of Devon, Oxfordshire and Somerset. These place-names were derived from the Old English terms sid meaning wide and hamm meaning water meadow. Sidenghan 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 Sidenghan were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.

Sidenghan Early Origins



The surname Sidenghan 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.

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Sidenghan Spelling Variations


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Sidenghan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sidenghan have been found, including Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.

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Sidenghan Early History


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Sidenghan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sidenghan 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 Sidenghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sidenghan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sidenghan Early Notables (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 Sidenghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sidenghan, or a variant listed above: 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.

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