Sydny is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sydny 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 Sydny family
The surname Sydny 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 Sydny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sydny 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 Sydny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sydny Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Sidney, Sydney and others.
Early Notables of the Sydny 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 Sydny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sydny family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sydny or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Sidney who settled in Virginia in 1643; William Sidney, his wife, 5 children and servants, settled in Barbados in 1680.
The Sydny 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.