The origins of the Saddleigh surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Saddleigh began when someone in that family worked as a person who made saddles. Saddleigh is an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Saddleigh comes from the Old English and Old German word sadel,
which was an occupational name for a maker of saddles.
Early Origins of the Saddleigh family
The surname Saddleigh was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from early times at Everley. " This place, at the time of the heptarchy, was the residence of Ina, King of the West Saxons; it subsequently belonged for many generations to the Plantagenets, dukes of Lancaster. The manor was granted by Edward VI., in the first year of his reign, to Edward, Duke of Somerset
, Protector, after whose attainder, reverting to the crown, it was given by Queen Elizabeth to Sir Ralph Sadlier, Knt., the royal falconer, whose son and successor had the honour of entertaining James I. at the manor-house, on the 31st of August, 1603." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Saddleigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saddleigh research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1507, 1587, 1620, 1672, 1615, 1674, 1649, 1660, 1656, 1719, 1775 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Saddleigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saddleigh Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Saddleigh has appeared include Sadler, Sadlar, Sadleigh, Sadlier, Sadleir and many more.
Early Notables of the Saddleigh family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: The Right Honourable Sir Ralph Sadler, PC
, Knight banneret, (1507-1587), who served as a Secretary of State for King Henry VIII; Sir Edwyn Sadlier, 1st Baronet (c.
1620-1672)... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saddleigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saddleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Saddleigh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saddleigh family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Saddleigh arrived in North America very early: George Sadler settled in Virginia in 1652 along with Elizabeth, Dorothy, and John; Anthony Sadler settled in New England
in 1638; Edmund Sadler settled in Virginia in 1640.
The Saddleigh Motto
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: Servire Deo sapere
Motto Translation: To serve God is to be wise