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The surname Sands was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They held a family seat at Farne and Fells.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sands family name include Sand, Sands, Sandes, Sandis, Sandall, Saundes, Sonds and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sands research. Another 420 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1471, 1487, 1510, 1523, 1600, and 1603 are included under the topic Early Sands History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sands surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Sands Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Sands settled in Virginia in 1606
  • David Sands who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • George Sands who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Sands who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Sands, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624


Sands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lydia Sands, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Geo Sands, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Sands, aged 17, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Sands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ellen Sands, aged 1, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Ellen Sands settled in New York State in 1804 with James, Francis, Joseph, Mary, Robert, and Thomas
  • John Sands, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Joseph Sands, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • William Sands, who landed in America in 1822


Sands Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Sophia Sands, aged 8, arrived in Montreal in 1841

Sands Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Sands arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Jemima Sands arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
  • Francis Sands arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • Charlotte Sands, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"


Sands Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Sands, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Margaret Sands, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mary Sands, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Thomas Sands, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Letitia Sands, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874


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  • William Franklin Sands (1874-1946), American politician, U.S. Minister to Guatemala, 1909-10
  • William Langdon Sands, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Corumbá, 1943
  • William G. Sands, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1846
  • Tucker K. Sands, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1916
  • Smith A. Sands, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 1st District, 1912
  • Samuel S. Sands, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1912; Member of Connecticut Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1922
  • Robert Sands, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1796-1800; Member of New York council of appointment, 1800
  • Raymond Sands, American Democrat politician, Chair of Howard County Democratic Party, 1949
  • Norton J. Sands, American Republican politician, Village President of Port Chester, New York; Elected unopposed 1890; Elected 1910
  • Karen Sands, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1972

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  • Osbourne and Sands by Elizabeth Jane Osbourne Sands.
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