The name Samways is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel.
This ancient Hebrew
font name meaning name of God
was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Samways of English descent.
Early Origins of the Samways family
The surname Samways was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Samways family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samways research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1628, 1628, 1676, 1654, 1694, 1689, 1690, 1690, 1694 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Samways History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Samways Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Samways has undergone many spelling variations
, including Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.
Early Notables of the Samways family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Samwell (1559-1628), Auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I of England; William Samwell (1628-1676) was an English architect; and Sir Thomas Samwell, 1st Baronet
(c.1654-1694), Member of Parliament... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samways Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Samways family to Ireland
Some of the Samways family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 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 Samways family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Samways were among those contributors:
Samways Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Samways, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)