The surname Saints first came to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "sant," meaning "saint," and was most likely first bestowed as a nickname either on someone of saintly character or in an ironic way on someone of loose morals.
The surname Saints was first found in Yorkshire, where Roger le Sent was recorded to be living in 1250. The nickname origin of the name makes it likely that several branches of the Saints family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Miles Sant, who settled in Maryland in 1668; James Saint, who emigrated from England to Maryland in 1684; and John Egerton Saint, a convict who arrived in Virginia in 1756..