Sadler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Sadler family

The surname Sadler 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." [1]

Early History of the Sadler family

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Sadler Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Sadler 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); John Sadler of Warmwell (1615-1674), an English lawyer, academic, Member of Parliament, Town Clerk of London (1649 to 1660); and Sir Edwin Sadlier, 2nd Baronet (c. 1656-1719) of Temple Dinsey in the County of Hertford. John Sadler (died 1565)...
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Ireland Migration of the Sadler family to Ireland

Some of the Sadler family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Sadler migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rowland Sadler, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Tho Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Richard Sadler, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1636 [2]
  • Edward Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sadler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elk Sadler, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Conrad Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Catharina Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Alex Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Katharina Sadler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sadler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Sadler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Frances Sadler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Hugh Baker Sadler, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Martin Sadler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839 [2]
  • F A Sadler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Sadler migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sadler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Sadler, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Sadler migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [3]
  • James Sadler, a tailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Sadler, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [4]
  • Harriett Sadler, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [4]
  • George Keilor Sadler (died 1914), English convict transported to Western Australia.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sadler migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sadler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Isabella Sadler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Prince Alfred" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [5]
  • Miss Agnes Sadler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Prince Alfred" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [5]
  • Miss Lavinia Sadler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Prince Alfred" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [5]
  • W.F. Sadler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Prince Alfred" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [5]
  • Mr. George H Sadler, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sadler (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Percy Lee Sadler (1893-1970), American Commanding General US Contingent Military Headquarters for Balkan Affairs (1944-1945) [7]
  • John W. Sadler (b. 1956), American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer
  • William Carl Sadler (b. 1976), American former Major League Baseball player
  • William Thomas Sadler (b. 1950), American Saturn Award winning film and television actor
  • Elliott William Barnes Sadler (b. 1975), American stock car racing driver
  • Christine Sadler (1902-1983), American author, journalist, and magazine editor
  • 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
  • Reinhold Sadler (1848-1906), American politician, 9th Governor of Nevada
  • Daniel K. Sadler (b. 1882), American politician, Justice of New Mexico State Supreme Court, 1931-46; Chief Justice of New Mexico Supreme Court, 1935-36, 1943-45 [8]
  • Claude E. Sadler, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1956, 1964 [8]
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. David Robertson  Sadler (1888-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [9]
  • Mrs. Jemima  Sadler (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
  • Miss Janet Powers  Sadler (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edward R Sadler (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Enfield, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Jack I. Sadler, American Seaman Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [11]


The Sadler 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


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Percy Sadler. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Sadler/Percy_Lee/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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