The ancestors of the bearers of the Sydenhal family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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.
Sydenhal 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 Sydenhal were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.
Early Origins of the Sydenhal family
The surname Sydenhal 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 Sydenhal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sydenhal 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 Sydenhal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sydenhal Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sydenhal include Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.
Early Notables of the Sydenhal 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 Sydenhal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sydenhal family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sydenhal or a variant listed above: 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.