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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Sapp came from Sabinus and Sabine; these are the masculine and feminine forms of the name, respectively. The personal name is derived from the Sabines, a people who lived in the Appenines northwest of Rome. By the third century BC the Sabines had become fully Romanized. There were three saints named Sabinus and one named Sabine. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In England, the feminine form of the name is predominant.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sapp has been recorded under many different variations, including Sabine, Sabbe, Sabin, Sabyn, Sabben, Saban and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records 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 Sapp research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sapp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sapp or a variant listed above:

Sapp Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hannes Sapp, who landed in North Carolina in 1763

Sapp Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Leonard Sapp, who arrived in America in 1886

Sapp Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Cora Sapp, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1910
  • William E. Sapp, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Fred Sapp, aged 56, who landed in America, in 1914
  • William A. Sapp, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1917
  • Geo Sapp, who settled in America, in 1918


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  • William Fletcher Sapp (1824-1890), United States Attorney and later a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 8th congressional district
  • Pastor Marvin Louis Sapp (b. 1967), American Gospel music singer-songwriter
  • Robb Sapp (b. 1978), American Broadway actor and singer
  • Cecil Sapp (b. 1978), American football fullback
  • Warren Carlos Sapp (b. 1972), former American college and professional NFL football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Allen Sapp OC , SOM (b. 1928), Canadian Cree painter
  • Isaac Sapp (b. 1844), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Patrick Sapp (b. 1973), former linebacker in the NFL


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  • Early Families of Blount County, Alabama by Carolina Nigg.
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The Sapp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sapp 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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