This surname of SEIDMAN is of many origins. It was an occupational name for a maker or seller of silk, from the German word SEIDE, and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form SETA. The name was also applied to one who made and sold mugs and tankards, or one who kept bees. The name has numerous variant spellings which include SEIDE, SEIDLER, SEIDEMANN, SEIDEMAN, SAIDMAN, SEIDNER and SEIDWEBER, to name but a few. A notable member of the name is Harry SEIDLER, born in 1923 the Austrian-born Australian architect. He studied at the Vasa Institute in Vienna and later at Harvard. He worked in New York and Brazil before setting up practice in Sydney. In 1948 his first design for a private house, won the coveted Sulman medal three years later, since which time SEIDLER had won many awards for public and private buildings. He was worked in Mexico and Hong Kong and designed the Australian embassy in Paris. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.
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