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We are a border family and the name is derived from sedge or bog and and with a wick as a contraction of Balliwick into which our country- side was divided in early times. In the north there are or rather were large tracts or sedgy or boggy moorland, too poor for cultivation, and this would be situated within the boundaries of a Balliwick and the people living near would be known as "Sedge" folk of a certain Balliwick, and this in course of time became, by reason of its inconenient length, contracted to the shorter and more expressive Sedgwick. -- In parts of the North the name is pronounced Sidgwick, and spelt that way."

It therefore became natural to seek for the origin of the family in 'a village built on fenny ground with an abundance of the water plant called sedge', and Sedgwick in Westmoreland, near the head of Morecambe Bay, was fixed upon as the birthplace of the clan.

Adam Sedgwick rejected these theories, saying in a letter to Archdeacon Musgrave, March 13, 1862, "The name is still pronounced (except where children's tongues have been doctored by pupil teachers) Siggswick, and has nothing to do with sedge. Neither the name nor the plant are known among my native hills."

Mr. Clark in his "Life and Letters of Adam Sedgwick", previously referred to, gives the following as his conclusion as to the origin of the name Sedgwick; "The etymology of the word Sedgwick has been most kindly investigated by Professor Skeat, with the following results; `There can be no doubt that Sedgwick was at first a place name, and then a personal name. Wick is not a true Anglo-Saxon word, but simply borrowed from the Latin uicus, a town or village. Sedge or sedj is simply the later spelling of the Anglo-Saxon secg. Two distinct words were spelt thus; (1) the modern sedge; and (2) a word which has now become quite obselete. but was once in common use like