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Where did the Irish Sanders family come from? What is the Irish Sanders family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sanders family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sanders family history?

The Anglo-Norman surname Sanders is derived from the name Saunder, which is a pet form of the personal name Alexander. This name was originally derived from the Greek personal name Alexandros which literally means defender of men.

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A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Sanders has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.

First found in County Wicklow (Irish: Cill Mhantáin), known as the “last county,” created only in 1606, located on the East coast of Ireland, today part of the Greater Dublin Area, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sanders research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Sanders History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sanders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Sanders:

Sanders Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Lieutenant Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • David, George, Henry, Richard, and Alexander Sanders who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Allexander Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • David Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Henery Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1623


Sanders Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Marsey Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Isaac Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Thos Sanders, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Debora Sanders, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • I John Sanders, aged 10, arrived in New York in 1724


Sanders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benj Sanders, aged 28, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • John Sanders, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Ths Sanders, aged 24, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839
  • Jacob Sanders, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas Sanders, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841


Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George Sanders, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • S Sanders, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Sanders Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • A. F. Sanders, who settled in Saint John, NB in 1907
  • Mrs. Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • A F Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. E Sanders, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Sanders Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Sanders, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Sanders, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Sarah Sanders arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • Isabella Sanders arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838
  • James Sanders arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838


Sanders Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Jane Sanders, aged 48, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • W. H. C. Sanders, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Amelia Sanders, aged 15, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • John Sanders, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860
  • Henry Sanders, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Anne Longton" in 1860


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  • Marlene Sanders (1931-2015), American Emmy Award winning female broadcasting pioneer, member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1998 to 2004
  • Charles Alvin "Charlie" Sanders (1946-2015), American NFL football player for the Detroit Lions (1968-1977), inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Brigadier-General Richard Condie Sanders (1915-1976), American Commanding General US Army Air Forces Personnel Distribution Command (1946-1950)
  • George Douglas Sanders (b. 1933), American former professional PGA golfer
  • Henry Russell "Red" Sanders (1905-1958), American football player and coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Pharoah Sanders (b. 1940), American Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist
  • Barry Sanders (b. 1968), former American NFL football running back, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Carl Edward Sanders Sr. (1925-2014), American politician, Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia (1963-1967)
  • Harland "Colonel" Sanders (1890-1980), American founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant franchise
  • Terry Sanders (b. 1931), American Academy Award winning producer and directed

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Simeon Saunders (also Sanders) by R.S. Sanders.
  • James & Alvin Sanders, Livestock Journalists of the Midwest by Richard Bryan Helmer.
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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: Nil Conscire Sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no Wrong.

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The Sanders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sanders Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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