The surname Sandwell was first found in Kent 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 12th century when they held a family seat in the Isle of Thant.
Early History of the Sandwell family
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Sandwell Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sandwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Sandwell, Sanwell, Sanwall, Sandwall and others.
Early Notables of the Sandwell family (pre 1700)
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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sandwell or a variant listed above:
Sandwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Daniell Sandwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 
Jonathan Sandwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 
Sandwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Edward Sandwell, who landed in Mississippi in 1904 
David Sandwell, American geophysicist, known for his work on The Universe (2007) and What on Earth? (2015)
Brian Sandwell (b. 1984), Australian assistant director, known for Mother and Son, Alvin Purple (1976) and The Ferals (1994)
Bernard Keble "BK" Sandwell (1876-1954), English-born, Canadian editor and frequent contributor to Reader's Digest, Head of English at Queen's University, Kingston in 1923, editor of Saturday Night in 1931, awarded the Pierre Chauveau Medal
^ 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)
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