The name Sains is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in the village of Sainsbury found in the county of Gloucester. The surname Sains is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Sains family
The surname Sains was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sains family
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Sains Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sains were recorded, including Sainsbury, Sansbury, Sainsbery, Sansbery and others.
Early Notables of the Sains family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sains family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sains family emigrate to North America: Suzan Sainsbury, a servant sent to Barbados in 1659; Ann Sainsbery, who settled in Maryland in 1673; John Sainsbury, who was deported to America in 1761.
Contemporary Notables of the name Sains (post 1700)
- Christopher Frederick Sains (b. 1978), English cricketer