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Origin of the Name

There are many interesting theories as to the origin of the family name of Sedgwick, but it, evidently was formed at a very early date in the North of England.

Rev. Adam Sedgwick, L.L.D. Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, England, Professor or Geology from 1818 to 1873 in a letter said "The clan was settled from very early times among the mountains which form the borders of Lancastershire, Yorkshire and West Moreland, and I believe every family of the name could trace its descent from ancestors who were settled among these mountains. -- Ours is therefore a true border clan. -- A branch of the clan settled in the low regions of Lincolnshire, and seemed to have first adopted the modern spelling, and at the same time began to use a bundle of sedge as a family crest. This branch was never numerous and is now believed to be entirely extinct. -- A still older crest, and one suited to the history of the race is an eagle with outspread wings. Within a comparatively few years eagles existed within the higher mountains along the border. -- The arms most commonly bourne by the Sedgwicks and accorded to them by Burke in his Encyclopedia of Armoral Bearings are composed of a field on a cross gules, with five bells of the field, and a lion passant on a cap of maintenance."

From the Life and Letters of this same Rev. Adam Sedgwick, edited by John Willis Clark in 1890, we have considerably more in detail as to the origin of the name. We quote:

"The ancestors of Adam Sedgwick have been statesmen (that is freeman) for more than three centuries but their origin, the orthography of their name and its etymology have occasioned many rival theories. In 1379 the name is spelt Sygeswyk, Seghewyk and