Show ContentsSaid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Said finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person who made saddles. Said 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 Said comes from the Old English and Old German word sadel, which was an occupational name for a maker of saddles.

Early Origins of the Said family

The surname Said 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 Said family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Said research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1507, 1587, 1620, 1672, 1615, 1674, 1649, 1660, 1656, 1719, 1565, 1615, 1674, 1604, 1681, 1621, 1630, 1680, 1775 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Said History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Said Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Said has been recorded under many different variations, including Sadler, Sadlar, Sadleigh, Sadlier, Sadleir and many more.

Early Notables of the Said 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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Said Ranking

In the United States, the name Said is the 10,709th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Said is ranked the 3,536th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Said family to Ireland

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

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Said or a variant listed above:

Said Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ahmade Said, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1919 from Newcastle-on-Tyne, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Said (post 1700) +

  • John Lewis Said (1932-2019), American clergyman, Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida (1995-2003) and Assistant Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida (2003-2018)
  • Mekkawi Said (1956-2017), Egyptian novelist and short story writer
  • Said Abakoui, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas state board of education 1st District, 2002 [5]

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The Said 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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Ahmade Said, 10 Dec 1919; citing departure port Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, September 30) . Retrieved from
  6. Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook