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The surname Sandwith 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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. Sandwith has been spelled many different ways, including Sandwich, Sanwick, Sanwich, Sanwiche, Sandwiche, Sandicke and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sandwith research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1286, 1288, 1293, 1306, 1342, 1430, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Sandwith History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Sandwith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Sandwiths to arrive in North America:
Sandwith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Sandwith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sandwith 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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