Show ContentsSandys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Sandys surname lived in the residence that was near the sands. Sandys is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages people were very conscious of the variations in their surroundings including the soil types. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sandys were named due to their close proximity to the sands.

Early Origins of the Sandys family

The surname Sandys was first found in Worcestershire at Wickhamford, a parish, in the union of Evesham, Upper division of the hundred of Blackenhurst. "The church [of Wickhamford] is an exceedingly neat edifice, with a simple unpretending tower which rises prettily above the trees that environ it: in the chancel are two enriched altar-tombs with effigies in alabaster, in memory of the Sandys family, whose descendant, Lord Sandys, in 1841 repaired the entire church." 1 "About a mile from the church [of Woodham-Ferris in Essex] is Edwin Hall, a handsome mansion erected by Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York." 1

"At Lanarth, [in the parish of St. Keverne, Cornwall] which has been in possession of the Sandys family upwards of a century, an elegant house has been lately built by its present proprietor Lieutenant Colonel William Sandys, who spent the spring of his life in India, in those active scenes which mark and diversify the military occupation. His house, gardens, and grounds, have been raised to their present state of perfection at a vast expence; and they include every convenience which a retired situation can be expected to secure." 2

Early History of the Sandys family

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Sandys Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sandys are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sandys include: Sandys, Sands, Sandy and others.

Early Notables of the Sandys family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Edwin Sandys (1519-1588), an English prelate, Bishop of Worcester (1559-1570), London (1570-1576) and Archbishop of York (1576-1588) Archbishop of York
  • Sir Samuel Sandys (1560-1623), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Ripon (1586) and Worcestershire (1609-1622)
  • Sir Edwin Sandys (1591-1623), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Droitwich (1614) and Pontefract (1621-1622)
  • Sir Samuel Sandys (1615-1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Droitwich (1640-1642), (1681-1685) and 1660, for Worcestershire (1661-1681)

Ireland Migration of the Sandys family to Ireland

Some of the Sandys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sandys migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sandys or a variant listed above:

Sandys Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Georg Sandys, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 3
  • Henry Sandys, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Sandys, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 3
  • Henry Sandys, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 3
  • George Sandys, who landed in Virginia in 1643 3

Australia Sandys migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sandys Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Horatio Sandys, (b. 1812), aged 21, British convict who was convicted in Spanish Town (Saint Jago de la Vaga), Jamaica for life, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died on board in 1833 4
  • Mr. Robert Sandys, English convict who was convicted in Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 5

New Zealand Sandys migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sandys Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwin Sandys, (b. 1856), aged 18, Irish labourer from Tipperary travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 6

Contemporary Notables of the name Sandys (post 1700) +

  • Lew W. Sandys, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 26th District, 1917-18 7
  • Charles Sandys (1786-1859), English antiquary, the second son of Edwin Humphrey Sandys, solicitor, of Canterbury
  • George Sandys (1578-1644), English colonist
  • Edwin Sandys (1519-1588), Archbishop of York, English prelate
  • William Sandys (1470-1540), 1st Baron Sandys of the Vyne, a 16th century English diplomat
  • Laura Jane Sandys (b. 1964), British Conservative Party politician
  • Sir John Edwin Sandys (1844-1922), British classical scholar
  • Lord Duncan Edwin Sandys (1908-1987), Baron Duncan-Sandys, British politician
  • Samuel Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys, British politician
  • Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), British Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator and draughtsman

The Sandys Motto +

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: Probum non poenitet
Motto Translation: We do not repent of what is good.

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  2. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
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