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

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Sang family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Sang is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a singer. The name probably evolved from the German word "sanger," and it indicates that the family has an historical association with the profession of singing ballads.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Sang include Senger, Saenger, Singer, Sengher, Sanger, Sang and many more.

First found in the ancient walled city of Noerdlingen, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would play a prominent role in Bavarian history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sang research. Another 254 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1767, 1773, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Sang History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sang Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Sangs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Sang Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cathrine Sang, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1847

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