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Where did the Irish Saunders family come from? What is the Irish Saunders family crest and coat of arms? When did the Saunders family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Saunders family history?The Anglo-Norman surname Saunders is derived from the name Saunder, which is a pet form of the personal name Alexander. This name was originally derived from the Greek personal name Alexandros which literally means defender of men.
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Saunders revealed the following spelling variations: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
First found in County Wicklow (Irish: Cill Mhantáin), known as the “last county,” created only in 1606, located on the East coast of Ireland, today part of the Greater Dublin Area, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saunders research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Saunders History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saunders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Saunders:
Saunders Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Saunders Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Saunders Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil Conscire Sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no Wrong.
The Saunders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saunders 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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