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Where did the English Saye family come from? What is the English Saye family crest and coat of arms? When did the Saye family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Saye family history?Today's generation of the Saye family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Saye family lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Saye include Say, Saye and others.
First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saye research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 121 and 1214 are included under the topic Early Saye History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Saye Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sayes to arrive on North American shores:
Saye Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Saye Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Saye Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Saye Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saye 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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