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The name Sidnam is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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. Sidnam 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 Sidnam were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.

Sidnam Early Origins



The surname Sidnam 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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Sidnam Spelling Variations


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Sidnam Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sidnam family name include Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.

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Sidnam Early History


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Sidnam Early History



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

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Sidnam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sidnam 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 Sidnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sidnam surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Sidnam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sidnam Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 29 July 2013 at 15:06.

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