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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.

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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]

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.


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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, 1620, 1672, 1615, 1674, 1649, 1660, 1656, 1719, 1775 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Sadler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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.

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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

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  • Brigadier-General Percy Lee Sadler (1893-1970), American Commanding General US Contingent Military Headquarters for Balkan Affairs (1944-1945)
  • 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
  • William Sadler, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 8th District, 1951-64
  • William R. Sadler, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 18th District, 1848-50

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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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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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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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