Sambell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sambell family

The surname Sambell was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Sambell family

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Sambell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Semple, Simple, Sempill, Sempell, Symple, Sympell and many more.

Early Notables of the Sambell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Lord George Sempill; and Sir James Sempill (1566-1625), Scottish Ambassador to England (1591-1600); Robert Sempill, the Younger (1595?-1663?), Scottish poet, best known for his ballad, "The Life and Death of Habbie Simpson, Piper of Kilbarchan" (c. 1640); and Francis Sempill (1616?-1682), Deputy Sheriff of Renfrewshire (1667.) [1] Hugh Sempill or Semple (1596-1654), was a Scottish mathematician, born at Craigevar and was was nephew of Colonel William Sempill. Sir James Sempill (1566-1625) of Beltrees, called by Knox 'the dancer,' was eldest son of John Sempill. His father and mother were special favourites of the queen...
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Ireland Migration of the Sambell family to Ireland

Some of the Sambell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Sambell migration to Australia +

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

Sambell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Sambell, (b. 1825), aged 17 born in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK convicted in Falmouth on 10th January 1842, sentenced for 7 years for stealing pencils, transported aboard the ship "Equestrian" in 1844 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Sambell, (b. 1827), aged 15, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 10th January 1844, sentenced for 7 years for stealing 2 pencils from Mrs. Dixon at Falmouth, transported aboard the ship "Equestrian" on 25th January 1844 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Sambell, (Youlding), Cornish convict who was convicted in Falmouth, Cornwall, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 25th January 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sambell (post 1700) +

  • Darryl Lloyd Sambell (1945-2001), Australian talent manager and music promoter from the mid-1960s who managed teen pop idol, Johnny Farnham
  • William Austin Tyers "Bill" Sambell (1910-1974), Australian rower born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia who competed for Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Jack Sambell (1908-1982), Australian footballer who played with Melbourne (1933-1934)
  • Geoffrey Sambell (1914-1980), Australian Anglican bishop and World War 2 army chaplain, born at Broadford, Victoria


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian


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