The Sitenhame name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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.
Sitenhame 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 Sitenhame were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.
Early Origins of the Sitenhame family
The surname Sitenhame 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 Sitenhame family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sitenhame 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 Sitenhame History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sitenhame Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sitenhame has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.
Early Notables of the Sitenhame 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 Sitenhame Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sitenhame family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sitenhame were among those contributors: 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.