MacSollay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name MacSollay come from when the family resided in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname MacSollay was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname MacSollay were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. 
Early Origins of the MacSollay family
The surname MacSollay was first found in Cheshire but the family can be found throughout ancient Britain in early years. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert a la Sale. Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III lists Nicholas de la Sale, temp. 20 Edward I and William de la Sale. Robert de la Sale was Bailiff of Norwich in 1327. 
"About the time of Edward I., Thomas, son of William De la Sale, held twelve acres of land in Ickleford, Hertfordshire. According to Cussans, the Hertfordshire Sales hailed from Scotland nearly two centuries ago, and he mentions Francis Sale, a gentleman who was married at Ashwell in 1694." 
Early History of the MacSollay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacSollay research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1675, 1670, 1671, 1697, 1736, 1734, 1612, 1682, 1652, 1655, 1659 and 1664 are included under the topic Early MacSollay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacSollay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. MacSollay has been recorded under many different variations, including Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.
Early Notables of the MacSollay family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sayle (c. 1590-1675), English explorer and later settler of the Bahamas, the first governor of colonial South Carolina from 1670-1671; and George Sale (1697-1736), English Orientalist and solicitor, best known for his 1734 translation of the Qur'an into English and as author of...
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Migration of the MacSollay family to Ireland
Some of the MacSollay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacSollay family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacSollay or a variant listed above: Edward Sale settled in Boston in 1635; William, James, Mary and John Sale settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1767; John Sales and his wife settled in Salem in 1630.
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