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The ancestors of the Sidney family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Kent. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words sid, meaning wide, and eg, meaning island or dry land in a fen.

Sidney Early Origins



The surname Sidney was first found in Kent where they settled in Lewes Priory in 1188, coming from Anjou in Normandy. 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Sidney Spelling Variations


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Sidney Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sidney were recorded, including Sidney, Sydney and others.

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Sidney Early History


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Sidney Early History



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

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Sidney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sidney Early Notables (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 Sidney 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Sidney arrived in North America very early:

Sidney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Sidney who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Eliza Sidney, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Sidney, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Eliz Sidney, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • William Sidney, who landed in Virginia in 1658
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Sidney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Sidney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838

Sidney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Sidney, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sidney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sidney (post 1700)



  • Sylvia Sidney (1910-1999), American actress
  • George Sidney (1916-2002), American film director and film producer
  • Wallace H. Sidney, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1922
  • Iolanthe Sidney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956
  • Philip Sidney (1800-1851), 1st Baron De L'Isle and Dudley, British Tory politician
  • Philip Sidney (b. 1945), 2nd Viscount De L'Isle, British peer and former soldier
  • Major William Philip Sidney (1909-1991), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Sidney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sidney 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.

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