Sallis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sallis surname derived from the Middle English word "salwe," which meant a "sallow" tree, which is a kind of willow. As such, the name was most likely originally topographic, used to identify someone who lived near such trees.

Early Origins of the Sallis family

The surname Sallis was first found in Shropshire, where Nicholas de Sallowe was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls for that ancient county, in the year 1254. Another early record of the name is of Robert ate Salwe, in the "Ministers Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall" for 1297.

Early History of the Sallis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sallis research. Another 29 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1675, 1693, 1694, 1709, 1749, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Sallis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sallis 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 Sallis include Sallis, de Sallis, Salis, de Salis, Salliss, Sallow and many more.

Early Notables of the Sallis family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sallis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Sallis migration to Canada +

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 Sallis or a variant listed above:

Sallis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Sallis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Sallis (post 1700) +

  • James Sallis (b. 1944), American crime writer, poet and musician, brother of John Sallis
  • John Sallis (b. 1938), American philosopher, Professor at Boston College
  • Peter Sallis OBE (1921-2017), English actor, perhaps best known as the voice of Wallace in the Academy Award-honored Wallace and Gromit films and for his leading role as Norman Clegg in the British TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine
  • Timothy Crispian Sallis (b. 1959), British three-time Academy Awards nominated art director, son of Peter Sallis


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