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Where did the English Sansom family come from? When did the Sansom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sansom family history?

The ancestors of the Sansom family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Sansom is based on the Norman personal name Samson.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sansom include Sampson, Samson and others.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sansom research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1112, 1627, 1600, 1667, 1590, 1636, 1629 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Sansom History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sansom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sansom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sansoms to arrive on North American shores:

Sansom Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sansom, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • John Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Francis Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1684

Sansom Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • William Sansom, who landed in America in 1765

Sansom Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sansom, who arrived in New York in 1802


  • Ray Sansom (b. 1962), American member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Arthur B. Sansom (1920-1991), American comic strip cartoonist
  • Emma Sansom (1847-1900), Alabama farmgirl noted for her bravery during the American Civil War, eponym of Emma Sansom Middle School
  • Kenneth Graham Sansom (b. 1958), English former footballer
  • Sir George Bailey Sansom (1883-1965), British historian of pre-modern Japan
  • Christopher John "C.J." Sansom, British writer of crime novels
  • Gareth Sansom (b. 1939), Australian artist, painter, printmaker and collagist
  • William Sansom (1912-1976), British novelist, travel and short story writer
  • Ivan Sansom, British palaeontologist
  • Ann Sansom, British poet and writing tutor




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