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
. These place-names were derived from the Old English terms sid
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.
Early Origins of the Sidnam family
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.
Early History of the Sidnam family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Sidnam 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 Sidnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sidnam family to the New World and Oceana
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.