Sandbach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Sandbach date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Sandbach family 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. [1]

The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as "Sanbec." [2] Literally it means "sandy valley-stream," from the Old English "sand" + baece." [3]

Early Origins of the Sandbach family

The surname Sandbach 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. [4] "The township of Sandbach gave its name to an ancient Cheshire family which flourished up to the 13th century." [5]

Early History of the Sandbach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandbach research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1636, 1578, 1749, 1772 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Sandbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sandbach Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sandbach are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sandbach include: Sandbach, Sandback, Sandbeck and others.

Early Notables of the Sandbach family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Sandbach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sandbach migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sandbach or a variant listed above:

Sandbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Sandbach, who arrived in New York in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Sandbach (post 1700) +

  • Charles Sandbach (1909-1990), English professional footballer who played as a half-back
  • David Roy Sandbach OBE FRSC (b. 1954), English academic, Past-President of the Industry and Technology Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Margaret Sandbach (1812-1852), English poet and novelist, born Margaret Roscoe in Liverpool
  • Christopher James Lister "Chris" Sandbach (b. 1985), English former first-class cricketer
  • Major-General Arthur Edmund Sandbach CB DSO (1859-1928), British Army general officer who served in the Royal Engineers and on the General Staff
  • Francis Henry "Harry" Sandbach (1903-1991), British academic, who held the position of the Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge
  • Antoinette Geraldine Mackeson Sandbach (b. 1969), former British politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Eddisbury in Cheshire at the 2015 general election


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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