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

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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 Sappington include Saperton, Sapperton and others.

First found in Sussex 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 year 1197 when William Saperton held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sappington research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Sappington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Sappington Notables 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 Sappington or a variant listed above:

Sappington Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Nellie Sappington, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Miss Mary Sappington, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • D. S. W. Sappington, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Delvet Sappington, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Elizabeth C. Sappington, who settled in America, in 1910


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  • Margo Sappington (b. 1947), American Tony Award nominated choreographer and dancer, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
  • David Sappington, American Director of the Robert F. Lanzillotti Public Policy Research Center, University of Florida
  • John S. Sappington (1776-1856), American physician, farmer, and medical pioneer who developed an anti-malaria pill for the American south and west


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  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Sappington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sappington 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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