Sandvig History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sandvig family

The surname Sandvig 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.

One of the earliest records of the family was John Sandale (or Sandall), from Wheatley within Long Sandale, Yorkshire. He was Lord High Treasurer (1310-1311) and (1314-1318). Later he was Bishop of Winchester (1316-1319.)

Many families were caught up the the religious turmoil of the time and this family was no exception in Gloucestershire. "The first that was called to shed his blood was the Rev. John Sands, or Sandys. Ordained priest at Rheims, he came on the English mission in 1584. Labouring diligently in the work of the ministry, he was apprehended, and was soon condemned to the death of a traitor, for his priestly character. Paul Tracye, of Stanwey, then Sheriff of the county, assisted at his barbarous execution in Gloucester on 2nd August, 1586." [1]

Early History of the Sandvig family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandvig research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1468, 1549, 1455, 1487, 1471, 1523, 1603, 1600, 1677, 1600, 1571, 1645, 1576, 1587, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Sandvig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sandvig Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sandvig has been spelled many different ways, including Sand, Sands, Sandes, Sandis, Sandall, Saundes, Sonds and many more.

Early Notables of the Sandvig family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Sondes, Earl of Feversham (1600-1677), born in 1600 at Lees Court, in the parish of Sheldwich, near Feversham in Kent, son and heir of Sir Richard...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sandvig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sandvig family to Ireland

Some of the Sandvig family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sandvig migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sandvigs to arrive in North America:

Sandvig Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leif Sandvig, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Lysefjord" from Curacao, DWI [2]
  • Peder Jules Sandvig, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 from New Castle [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sandvig (post 1700) +

  • Steven Jacob "Jake" Sandvig (b. 1986), American actor, best known for playing Hugh Payne in Twenty Good Years
  • Anders Sandvig (1862-1950), Norwegian dentist, founder of Maihaugen, an ethnological and architectural museum in Lillehammer
  • Bente Sandvig, Norwegian former politician, Secretary of the Socialist Left Party (1989-1993)




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