Show ContentsSalls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Salls name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Salls was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname Salls were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. 1

Early Origins of the Salls family

The surname Salls 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 Salls family

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

Salls Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Salls were recorded, including Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.

Early Notables of the Salls family

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...
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Salls Ranking

In the United States, the name Salls is the 16,016th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 4

Ireland Migration of the Salls family to Ireland

Some of the Salls 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.

Migration of the Salls family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Salls family emigrate to North America: Edward Sale settled in Boston in 1635; William, James, Mary and John Sale settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1767; John Sales and his wife settled in Salem in 1630.

Contemporary Notables of the name Salls (post 1700) +

  • Donald J. Salls (1919-2021), American college football player and head football coach at Jacksonville State University from 1946 to 1952 and from 1954 to 1964

  1. Lower, 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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook