English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Sydenham

Major Settlement in the Parish of Sydenham

Historical Forms

  • Sidreham 1086 DB
  • Sideham 1148–84 Thame c.1200 AD 1307–8
  • Siddeham 1235–6 Fees
  • Sidenham 1216 FineR
  • Sidenam 1285 AD
  • Cidenham 1316 FA
  • Syddenham 1489 AD
  • Sydham 1237 Fees c.1300 Ass 1240–1 FF 1244
  • Sidam 1242–3 Fees
  • Chideham 1246–7 Ass
  • Sudeham 1285 Ass
  • Sedenham 1310 Cl

Etymology

'At the wide hamm,' OE  (æt þām ) sīdan hamme . The phrase occurs six times as a field-name, in the parishes of Adderbury, Blackthorn, Charlbury, Cowley, Crowmarsh and Standlake. It is a common name in other counties also.