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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sands family name include Sand, Sands, Sandes, Sandis, Sandall, Saundes, Sonds and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They held a family seat at Farne and Fells.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sands research. Another 420 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1471, 1487, 1510, 1523, 1600, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Sands History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Sands Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sands surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Sands Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sands settled in Virginia in 1606
  • David Sands who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • George Sands who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Sands who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Sands, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624

Sands Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Lydia Sands, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Geo Sands, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Sands, aged 17, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Sands Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Sands, aged 1, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Ellen Sands settled in New York State in 1804 with James, Francis, Joseph, Mary, Robert, and Thomas
  • John Sands, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Joseph Sands, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • William Sands, who landed in America in 1822


  • Billy Sands (1911-1984), American character actor
  • Bradley Sands (b. 1978), American author and editor
  • Diana Sands (1934-1973), American dramatic actress
  • Charles Edward Sands (1865-1945), American Olympian who won gold for individual golf during the 1900 games
  • Comfort Sands (1748-1834), American merchant, banker and politician
  • Diana Sands (1934-1973), American two-time Tony and two-time Emmy nominated dramatic actress
  • Renee Sands (b. 1974), born Renee Ilene Sandstrom, American singer and actress
  • Robert Charles Sands (1799-1832), American writer and poet
  • Roland Sands (b. 1974), American motorcycle racer, 1998 AMA 250GP National Champion road racer
  • Percy Sands (1881-1965), English footballer



  • Osbourne and Sands by Elizabeth Jane Osbourne Sands.


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

This page was last modified on 21 February 2014 at 10:36.

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