The name Sydney was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sydney family lived in Kent
. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words sid,
meaning island or dry land in a fen.
Early Origins of the Sydney family
The surname Sydney was first found in Kent
where they settled in Lewes Priory in 1188, coming from Anjou
. The founder of this family in England
was Sir William Sydney, Chamberlain of King Henry II., who came from Anjou
with that monarch, and was buried at Lewes Priory, East Sussex
in 1188. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Sydney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sydney research.Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1595, 1580, 1515, 1515, 1534, 1529, 1586, 1563, 1626, 1598, 1659, 1595, 1677, 1619, 1698, 1623, 1683, 1641, 1704, 1649, 1702, 1676, 1705, 1680, 1737, 1681, 1729, 1682 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Sydney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sydney Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sydney have been found, including Sidney, Sydney and others.
Early Notables of the Sydney family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Sydnor, English clergyman, Archdeacon of Cornwall
in 1515 and then Archdeacon of Totnes from 1515 to 1534; Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586), Lord Deputy of Ireland; his son Robert Sidney (1563-1626), 1st Earl of Leicester, progenitor of the Earls of Leicester; Dorothy Sidney... Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sydney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sydney family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Sydney were among those contributors:
Sydney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Geo Sydney, who arrived in Arkansas in 1888 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Sydney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Lee Sydney, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
Sydney Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
- Phyllis Sydney, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
- Louie Sydney, aged 15, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
- John Sydney, aged 13, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
Contemporary Notables of the name Sydney (post 1700)
- Sylvia Sydney, Actress and film star
The Sydney Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quo fata vocant
Motto Translation: Wherever fate may summon me.