Show ContentsSandell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sandell family

The surname Sandell was first found in the Upper Ward of Clydesdale and were from the lands of Sandliands. These were lands that were traditionally held by the Douglasses in the early 14th century, hence their relationship as sept of the Clan Douglas. James Sandilands, armiger, was a vassal of William, the 1st Earl of Douglas and obtained a grant of lands in Peeblesshire from David II in 1336. In 1348 he became possessor of the lands of Sandilands and Redmyre by charter from William, lord of Douglas. [1]

"At an early period the family were in possession of the lands of Sandilands in Lanarkshire, and from the time of David II, when Sir James Sandilands distinguished himself in the wars against the English, they began to acquire a position of some power and prominence." [2]

Early History of the Sandell family

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Sandell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sandilands, Sandylands, Sandelands, Sandlant and others.

Early Notables of the Sandell family

Notable amongst the family at this time was James Sandilands first Lord Torphichen (d. 1579), second son of Sir James Sandilands of Calder; James Sandilands (1511-1596), Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and...
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Sandell Ranking

In the United States, the name Sandell is the 13,658th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Sandell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sandell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Sandell, aged 36, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [4]

Australia Sandell migration to Australia +

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

Sandell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Sandell, (b. 1801), aged 37, British Convict who was convicted in Bath, Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1839 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sandell (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Ann Sandell (b. 1977), American author of young adult novels
  • Sami Sandell (b. 1987), Finnish professional ice hockey player
  • Thomas Sandell, Swedish investment banker
  • Åsa Maria Sandell (b. 1967), Swedish journalist and professional super middleweight boxer
  • Marcus Sandell (b. 1987), Finnish alpine skier
  • Lina Sandell (1832-1903), Swedish writer of Gospel hymns
  • Nils-Åke Sandell (1927-1992), Swedish football player and manager
  • Patrik Sandell (b. 1982), Swedish rally driver
  • Andy Sandell (b. 1983), English footballer

The Sandell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero Meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.

  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. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook