Sambige History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Sambige is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the market-town of Sandbach which was found in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire lies on the border between England and Wales; it is the northernmost county on the border. Devastated in the 11th century by border wars between William the Conqueror and the Welsh, Cheshire's border with Wales fluctuated over the next several centuries. Today, the western portion of the Domesday era county is in Wales. 
The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as "Sanbec."  Literally it means "sandy valley-stream," from the Old English "sand" + baece." 
Early Origins of the Sambige family
The surname Sambige was first found in Cheshire at Sandbach. While this is where the family hails, we must look to Staffordshire to find the first records of the family. For it is there that Richard de Sandebech and Roger de Sandbach were listed in the Feet of Fines 1227 and 1254.  "The township of Sandbach gave its name to an ancient Cheshire family which flourished up to the 13th century." 
Early History of the Sambige family
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Sambige Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sambige has been spelled many different ways, including Sandbach, Sandback, Sandbeck and others.
Early Notables of the Sambige family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sambige family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sambiges to arrive in North America: Francis Sandbach arrived in New York in 1820; Walter Sanbecke landed in Pennsylvania in 1727.
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