The origins of the Sails name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Sails was originally derived from a family having lived in the county of Cheshire
, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Sails was originally derived form the Old English word soel
which refers to a hall.
In this case the original bearers of the surname Sails were either servants at the hall
or resided near a dining hall. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Sails family
The surname Sails was first found in Cheshire
but the family can be found throughout ancient Britain in early years. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Robert a la Sale. Placita de Quo Warranto, temp.
Edward I-III lists Nicholas de la Sale, temp. 20 Edward I
and William de la Sale. Robert de la Sale was Bailiff of Norwich in 1327. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"About the time of Edward I., Thomas, son of William De la Sale, held twelve acres of land in Ickleford, Hertfordshire. According to Cussans, the Hertfordshire Sales hailed from Scotland nearly two centuries ago, and he mentions Francis Sale, a gentleman who was married at Ashwell in 1694." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Sails family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sails research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1675, 1670, 1671, 1697, 1736 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Sails History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sails Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sails include Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.
Early Notables of the Sails family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sayle (c.
1590-1675), English explorer and later settler of the Bahamas, the first governor of colonial South Carolina from 1670-1671; and... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sails Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sails family to Ireland
Some of the Sails family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sails family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Sails Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Sails, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)