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

Sandiford is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sandiford family lived in Shropshire, although their name is derived from the Old English and translates directly as sandy ford. Such a name would have indicated that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sandiford include Sandford, Sandiford, Samford, Sanford and others.

First found in Shropshire at Sandford, where Thomas de Saundford, one of the "companions in arms" of William I was given lands, for his assistance. He is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Richard de Sanford was certainly seated at Sandford soon after the Conquest, and which has ever since remained their principal seat." [1] Sandford Hall, near Whitchurch survives today. This county house is thought to have been built between 1700 and 1750 and at the time of writing is up for sale.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandiford research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1533, 1605, 1653, 1653, 1639, 1701, 1680 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Sandiford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sandiford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Sandiford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sandifords to arrive on North American shores:

Sandiford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Sandiford, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • John Sandiford, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Sandiford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Henry Sandiford, who landed in Alabama in 1921

Sandiford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Sandiford, aged 16, a farm labourer, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878


  • Robert Edison Sandiford (1968-2003), Canadian novelist, short story writer and essayist, awarded the Barbados Governor General's Award for Literary Excellence in 2003
  • Benedict Sandiford, British actor, best known for his role as Neil on the British sitcom Barbara
  • Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford KA (1937-1987), Barbadian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Barbados from 1987 to 1994


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: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

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  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Sandiford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sandiford 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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