Sidwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sidwell family

The surname Sidwell was first found in Northumberland where this royal family claim direct descent from Seawald, and through him, from Ida, the Saxon King of Northumberland in the eighth century. [1] The Sitwells of the north have been seated at Barmoor Castle in Northumberland since 1791 when it was acquired by inheritance by Francis Hurt Sitwell. Some people believe that Sidwell, Latin (Sativola) was a virgin saint from the English county of Devon and was possibly of Brythonic or Anglo-Saxon origin. Sidwell was an ancient personal name and a church at Exeter is dedicated to St. Sidwell. [1]

Early History of the Sidwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sidwell research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1753, 1808, 1927, 1946, 1601, 1667, 1626 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Sidwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sidwell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sittwell, Sitwell, Sithwell, Sidwell, Sidewell and others.

Early Notables of the Sidwell family (pre 1700)

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United States Sidwell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sidwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Sidwell, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1667 [2]
Sidwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Sidwell, who settled in Maryland in 1720

Australia Sidwell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sidwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Sidwell, aged 22, a seamstress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]

New Zealand Sidwell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sidwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick William Sidwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Ann Sidwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Elizabeth Fanny Sidwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Mary Sidwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Robert James Sidwell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sidwell (post 1700) +

  • Steve Sidwell (b. 1944), former American NFL football coach
  • Scott E. Sidwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nebraska 3rd District, 1986; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1996 [4]
  • Jerry L. Sidwell, American Republican politician, Chair of Cumberland County Republican Party, 2002 [4]
  • Jean Sidwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1996 [4]
  • Grady Sidwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1940 [4]
  • George R. Sidwell, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1952 [4]
  • Ernest Sidwell, American politician, Mayor of Midland, Texas, 1955-58 [4]
  • Thomas Edgar Sidwell (1888-1958), English cricketer
  • Steven James "Steve" Sidwell (b. 1982), English footballer from Wandsworth, London
  • Professor Martindale Sidwell FRAM, FRCO (1916-1998), English organist and choirmaster, Hampstead Parish Church
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. George Sidwell, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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