Sale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Sale family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Sale was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sale were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. [1]

Early Origins of the Sale family

The surname Sale 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. [2]

"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." [3]

Early History of the Sale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sale research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1675, 1670, 1671, 1697, 1736, 1734, 1612, 1682, 1652, 1655, 1659 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Sale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sale Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sale include Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.

Early Notables of the Sale 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 George Sale (1697-1736), English Orientalist and solicitor, best known for his 1734 translation of the Qur'an into English and as author of...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sale family to Ireland

Some of the Sale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sale migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sale or a variant listed above:

Sale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Sale, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Edward Sale, who landed in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1637 [4]
  • Eliza Sale, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [4]
  • Manus Sale, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1647 [4]
  • William Sale, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William, James, Mary and John Sale, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1767
Sale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Sale, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]

Canada Sale migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sale Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Sale, who arrived in Canada in 1828

Australia Sale migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Sale migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sale, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Prof. G. S. Sale, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1871 [6]
  • Miss Sale, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1871 [6]
  • Mr. C. Sale, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1871 [6]
  • W. Francis Sale, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" in 1872 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sale (post 1700) +

  • Kirkpatrick Sale (b. 1937), American independent scholar and author
  • Tim Sale (b. 1956), American Eisner Award-winning comic book artist
  • Christopher Allen Sale (b. 1989), nicknamed "The Condor", an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Chicago White Sox
  • William Wilson Sale, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 31st District, 1904-11; Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1924 [8]
  • Samuel Sale, American Republican politician, Rabbi; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1896 [8]
  • Rand Sale, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [8]
  • Graham Sale, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1934 [8]
  • Forest Sale, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 55th District; Elected unopposed 1973; Elected 1975 [8]
  • C. W. Sale, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928 [8]
  • John Sale (1758-1827), English vocalist and composer, the son of John Sale (1734–1802), junior vicar of Lincoln
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Daily Southern Cross October 25th 1872. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Robert Henderson. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/RobertHenderson1872.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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