It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Sabey was formed. The name was derived from Sabinus and Sabine; these are the masculine and feminine forms of the name, respectively. The personal name
is derived from the Sabines, a people who lived in the Appenines northwest of Rome. By the third century BC the Sabines had become fully Romanized. There were three saints named Sabinus and one named Sabine. Patronymic
surnames arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In England
, the feminine form of the name is predominant.
Early Origins of the Sabey family
The surname Sabey was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sabey family
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Sabey Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sabey include Sabine, Sabbe, Sabin, Sabyn, Sabben, Saban and many more.
Early Notables of the Sabey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sabey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sabey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Sabin settled in Virginia in 1623; Susan and Thomas Sabin settled in Virginia in 1648; Thomas Sabin settled in Antigua in 1774; William Sabin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Sabey (post 1700)
- John L. Sabey, American politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Hawaii 2nd District in 2003
- David Sabey, American developer in Spokane Washington, known for his work on the NorthTown Mall