Sales History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Sales family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Sales was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sales were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. 
Early Origins of the Sales family
The surname Sales 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. 
"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." 
Early History of the Sales family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sales 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 Sales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sales Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sales include Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.
Early Notables of the Sales 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...
In the United States, the name Sales is the 3,477th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Sales is ranked the 3,095th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Sales family to Ireland
Some of the Sales family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sales were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Sales Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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:
Sales Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century