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The ancient history of the Sydenham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Sydenham found in the counties of Devon, Oxfordshire and Somerset. These place-names were derived from the Old English terms sid meaning wide and hamm meaning water meadow. Sydenham 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 Sydenham were named due to their close proximity to the wide water meadow.

Sydenham Early Origins



The surname Sydenham 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.

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Sydenham Spelling Variations


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Sydenham 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 Sydenham include Sydenham, Sidenham, Sydenhame, Sidenhame and others.

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Sydenham Early History


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Sydenham Early History



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

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Sydenham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sydenham Early Notables (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 Sydenham 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



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 Sydenham or a variant listed above:

Sydenham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Sydenham, a servant sent to Virginia in 1674
  • Mary Sydenham, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682

Sydenham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Sydenham, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliza Sydenham, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • John Sydenham, a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1749

Sydenham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Sydenham and his wife, who came toSan Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas J Sydenham, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1897

Sydenham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Sydenham, aged 25, who landed in America from Cardiff, in 1906
  • Albert Thomas Sydenham, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1907
  • George M. Sydenham, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Mrs A. Sydenham, aged 40, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1908
  • James Thomas Sydenham, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sydenham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Sydenham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Jesse Sydenham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sydenham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sydenham (post 1700)



  • John Sydenham (1807-1846), English antiquary, editor of the Dorset County Chronicle (1829)
  • Floyer Sydenham (1710-1787), English scholar of Ancient Greek, Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford
  • David Alfred Donald Sydenham (b. 1934), former English first class cricketer
  • John Sydenham (b. 1939), former English footballer
  • Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689), English physician, generally known as the Father of English medicine
  • Jerome Sydenham (b. 1967), Nigerian-born, electronic music producer

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

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  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Sydenham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sydenham 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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