The ancestors of the Saigh family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Shropshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Saigh family
The surname Saigh was first found in Shropshire
but the first record of the name was Geoffrey de Saye, Lord of West Greenwich (1135–1214.) His son, Geoffrey de Saye, II (died 1230), Lord of West Greenwich was born in 1155 in West Greenwich, Kent
and died in Gascoigne, Poitou, France. His son was Geoffrey de Saye (1155–1230), was an English nobleman, and Magna Carta surety who held lands at Edmonton (now part of London) and Sawbridgeworth (a small town and civil parish in Hertfordshire.) Stratfield Saye is a village and civil parish in Hampshire
that includes the hamlets of West End Green, Fair Oak Green and Fair Cross.
Early History of the Saigh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saigh research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1604, 1685, 1649, 1661, 1681, 1691, 1653, 1691, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Saigh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saigh Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Saigh were recorded, including Say, Saye and others.
Early Notables of the Saigh family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Geoffrey Say; Evan Seys (1604-1685), Welsh
lawyer from Swansea, Glamorgan, Attorney General under Oliver Cromwell
, Recorder of Gloucester in 1649, Member of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saigh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saigh family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Saigh arrived in North America very early: George Say who settled in Barbados in 1635; Hugh and Jane Say settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Say settled in New England
in 1663; John Saye settled in Virginia in 1637..