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Sanford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Sanford reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sanford family lived in Shropshire, although their name is derived from the Old English and translates directly as sandy ford. Such a name would have indicated that the original bearer lived near such a landmark.

Early Origins of the Sanford family


The surname Sanford was first found in Shropshire at Sandford, where Thomas de Saundford, one of the "companions in arms" of William I was given lands, for his assistance. He is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Richard de Sanford was certainly seated at Sandford soon after the Conquest, and which has ever since remained their principal seat." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Sandford Hall, near Whitchurch survives today. This county house is thought to have been built between 1700 and 1750 and at the time of writing is up for sale. Thorpe-Salvin in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to a branch of the family. " It was anciently the property of the Salvin family, and subsequently of the Sandfords, by whom the now ruined Hall was erected about the middle of the 16th century." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Early History of the Sanford family


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Sanford Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sanford include Sandford, Sandiford, Samford, Sanford and others.

Early Notables of the Sanford family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Sandford, English owner of a woolen mill in Stonehouse, county Gloucester, and Mayor of Gloucester in 1533; Thomas Sandford, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1547 and 1555; Thomas SandfordJohn...
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Migration of the Sanford family to Ireland


Some of the Sanford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sanford family to the New World and Oceana


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Sanfords to arrive on North American shores:

Sanford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sanford, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Francis Smith Sanford, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Robert Sanford, who settled in Connecticut in 1630
  • Thomas Sanford, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Sanford, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Sanford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Sanford, who landed in Virginia in 1710 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Cornelius Sanford, who arrived in Georgia in 1733 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Sanford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Sanford, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • F C Sanford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • A Sanford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • S H Sanford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • W T B Sanford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Sanford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Sanford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Daniel Sanford, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Benjamin Sanford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Daniel Sanford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Joshua Sanford, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
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Sanford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Julia Sanford, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  • Matilda Sanford, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  • William Sanford, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Sanford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mark Sanford, aged 29, a painter, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Maria Sanford, aged 26, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Albert M. Sanford, aged 2, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Sanford (post 1700)


  • Roscoe Frank Sanford (1883-1958), American astronomer, President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1944, eponym of the Sanford lunar crater
  • Maria Louise Sanford (1836-1920), American educator, eponym of the World War II Liberty ship, the SS Maria Sanford
  • Donald Eugene Sanford (b. 1987), American-Israeli Olympic sprinter
  • Charles Steadman "Charlie" Sanford, American businessman, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bankers Trust
  • Chance Steven Sanford (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1998 to 1999
  • Arlene Sanford, American two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated film and television director
  • Edmund Clark Sanford (1859-1924), American psychologist, 11th President of the American Psychological Association (1902-1903)
  • Edward Sanford (1805-1876), American lawyer, poet, essayist, member of the New York State Senate (1846-1847)
  • Edward Terry Sanford (1865-1930), American jurist, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1923-1930)
  • Henry Shelton Sanford (1823-1891), American diplomat, businessman, and aristocrat, United States Ambassador to Belgium (1861-1869), founder of the city of Sanford, Florida
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Sanford


  • Indians in Our Trees by Mary Lokken.
  • President John Samford of Boston, Massachusetts and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1605-1965 by Jack Minard Sanford.
  • The Sandford/Sanford Families of Long Island by Grover Merle Sanford.

The Sanford 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: Nec temere nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.


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Citations


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm

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