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

Sayers is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sayers family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Saire, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Sayers has been recorded under many different variations, including Sayer, Sayers, Sayres and others.

First found in Essex 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sayers research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1718, 1695, 1705 and are included under the topic Early Sayers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sayers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sayers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Sayerss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sayers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Sayers settled in Boston in 1634
  • James Sayers, who landed in New England in 1634
  • Jas Sayers, who arrived in New England in 1634

Sayers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederica Sayers, aged 18, arrived in West Indies in 1812
  • Mrs. E Sayers, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Patrick Sayers settled Newcastle in Delaware in 1858

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  • Joseph Draper "Joe" Sayers (1841-1929), American politician, 22nd Governor of Texas from 1899 to 1903
  • Private First Class Foster J. Sayers (1924-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Gale Eugene Sayers (b. 1943), nicknamed "The Kansas Comet", American former college and professional football running back, inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
  • James Sayers (1748-1823), English caricaturist
  • Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957), English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, and translator
  • Tom Sayers (1826-1865), English bare-knuckle prize fighter who had 12 wins, 1 loss and 3 draws
  • Goldie Sayers (b. 1982), born Katherine Dinah Sayers, a British javelin thrower at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Peig Sayers (1873-1958), Irish author and seanachaí, former archivist for the Irish Folklore Commission
  • Alan John Sayers MNZM (b. 1916), New Zealand track and field bronze medalist athlete at the 1938 British Empire Games
  • Bernard "Ben" Sayers (1856-1924), Scottish early professional golfer, golf teacher, golf course designer and manufacturer of golf clubs and equipment


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