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

The Sadler name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Sadler was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who made saddles. Sadler 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 Sadler comes from the Old English and Old German word sadel, which was an occupational name for a maker of saddles.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sadler are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sadler include: Sadler, Sadlar, Sadleigh, Sadlier, Sadleir and many more.

First found in Wiltshire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sadler research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1507, 1587, 1st , 1620, 1672, 1615, 1674, 1649, 1660, 1656 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Sadler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 125 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sadler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sadler 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.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sadler or a variant listed above:

Sadler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger and Rowland Sadler settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rowland Sadler, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Sadler, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Edward Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Sadler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elk Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Conrad Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Catharina Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Alex Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Katharina Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Sadler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Sadler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Frances Sadler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh Baker Sadler, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Martin Sadler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • F A Sadler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Sadler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Sadler, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Sadler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sadler, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Sadler, a tailor, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Sadler arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Harriett Sadler arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • George Keilor Sadler (died 1914), English convict transported to Western Australia.

Sadler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. Sadler arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888


  • Reinhold Sadler (1848-1906), American politician, 9th Governor of Nevada
  • Barry Sadler (1940-1989), American soldier, author and musician, Green Beret medic with the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War
  • Christine Sadler (1902-1983), American author, journalist, and magazine editor
  • Elliott William Barnes Sadler (b. 1975), American stock car racing driver
  • William Thomas Sadler (b. 1950), American Saturn Award winning film and television actor
  • William Carl Sadler (b. 1976), American former Major League Baseball player
  • John W. Sadler (b. 1956), American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer
  • Brigadier-General Percy Lee Sadler (1893-1970), American Commanding General US Contingent Military Headquarters for Balkan Affairs (1944-1945)
  • Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), English educational pioneer
  • Michael Thomas Sadler (1780-1835), English social reformer



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


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