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Where did the English Samway family come from? What is the English Samway family crest and coat of arms? When did the Samway family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Samway family history?

The generations and branches of the Samway family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Samway comes from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel. This ancient Hebrew font name meaning name of God was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Samway of English descent.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Samway include Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samway research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1628, 1628, 1676, 1654, 1694, 1689, 1690, 1690, 1694 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Samway History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Samway family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Samway or a variant listed above:

Samway Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Samway, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

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The Samway Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Samway Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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