The distinguished surname Sainter came to England
in the wake of the Norman Conquest
of 1066, and stems from two possible sources. Firstly, it is a metonymic
for the surname "Century," which is derived from the Old French "centurier," meaning "belt maker or girdler"; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by someone who made or sold belts. Alternatively, the name is derived from the Old French "seintier," meaning "bell founder"; thus, the name referred to someone who made bells.
Early Origins of the Sainter family
The surname Sainter was first found in the records of the Early London Personal Names, where Edmund Sein(e)tier was recorded between 1160 and 1168. Another early London bearer of the name was Benedict le Seintier, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
of London in 1197.
Early History of the Sainter family
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Sainter Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Center, Centers, Senter, Senters, Sainter, Santer and others.
Early Notables of the Sainter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sainter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sainter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Sainter, English convict from Woolwich, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826