The name Sidnay was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sidnay family 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 Sidnay family
The surname Sidnay 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 Sidnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sidnay 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 Sidnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sidnay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Sidney, Sydney and others.
Early Notables of the Sidnay 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 Sidnay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sidnay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Sidnay or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Sidney who settled in Virginia in 1643; William Sidney, his wife, 5 children and servants, settled in Barbados in 1680.
The Sidnay 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.