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

Sandever is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sandever family lived in Shropshire, although their name is derived from the Old English and translates directly as sandy ford. Such a name would have indicated that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sandever were recorded, including Sandford, Sandiford, Samford, Sanford and others.

First found in Shropshire where Thomas de Sandford, one of the "companions in arms" of William I was given lands, for his assistance.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandever research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1605, 1653, 1653, 1639, 1701, 1680 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Sandever History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sandever Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sandever family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Sandever arrived in North America very early: Thomas Sandford, who arrived in Virginia in 1619; Thomas Sandford of Bristol, who arrived in Barbados around 1629, where he became a most prominent and wealthy plantation owner.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.

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The Sandever Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sandever 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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