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

The Sasso surname is derived from the Old French word "Sarrazin," meaning "Saracen." It is thought to have been a nickname in Medieval England for someone of swarthy appearance, or for someone returned from the Crusades, before becoming a surname.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sasso has undergone many spelling variations, including Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.

First found in Cumberland 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 county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sasso research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1327, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Sasso History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sasso were among those contributors: Rich Sarson, who was on record in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Sarson, who came to Virginia in 1656; as well as Hans Peter Sarson, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1891..

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