Sidwick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sidwick is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.

Early Origins of the Sidwick family

The surname Sidwick was first found in Sussex where the family held an ancient castle and manor near Horsham. [1] Horsham "is supposed to have derived its name from Horsa, the brother of Hengist, who is said to have been interred in the immediate vicinity, in 457, after the battle with Vortimer, near Aylesford, in which he was slain." [2]

Early History of the Sidwick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sidwick research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1573, 1557, 1558, 1610, 1669, 1600, 1658, 1611 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Sidwick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sidwick Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sidwick has been spelled many different ways, including Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.

Early Notables of the Sidwick family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Sedgwick (Segiswycke) (d. 1573), an English Roman Catholic theologian. Under Queen Mary he became Regius professor of divinity at Cambridge in 1557, and in 1558 both rector of Stanhope, Durham and vicar of Gainford, Durham. William Sedgwick (ca.1610-1669), was an English Puritan and mystic, born in Bedfordshire, son of William Sedgwick of London. He was known as the "Apostle of the Isle of Ely" and "Doomsday Sedgwick." Obadiah Sedgwick (c.1600-1658), was an English...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sidwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sidwick family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sidwicks to arrive in North America: Major General Robert Sedgwick (c. 1611-1656), who settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635; Joe and Mary Sedgwick who settled in Virginia in 1679.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook
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