Sanger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sanger is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who was a singaere or musician. During the Middle Ages people were identified by the type of work one did and were referred to in this manner. The traveling musician was therefore named the singaere, and was a well known and respected figure in medieval times. He was the main entertainer at fairs and festivals and was also a source of news and idle gossip from the neighboring towns.

Early Origins of the Sanger family

The surname Sanger was first found in Devon where one of the first records of the name was Lucas le Syngere who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. The same rolls listed William le Syngur one year later in Yorkshire.

Early History of the Sanger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sanger research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1811, 1594, 1602, 1594, 1602 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Sanger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sanger Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sanger include Singer, Singers, Singar and others.

Early Notables of the Sanger family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Singer ( fl. 1594-1602), an English actor and dramatist who was with Queen Elizabeth's company and the Admiral's (Lord Charles Howard...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sanger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sanger migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sanger were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Sanger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Sanger, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
Sanger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Sanger, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Johannes Friedrich Sanger, who settled in Philadelphia in 1743
  • Job Friederich Sanger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
  • Sander Sanger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • J Nickolaus Sanger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sanger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dorothy Sanger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • George Sanger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • John Sanger, aged 41, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • Joseph Sanger, aged 18, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Lehman Sanger, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sanger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sanger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Eleazer Sanger U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mrs. Hannah Sanger U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
Sanger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Amos Sanger, (b. 1812), aged 43, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [3]

Australia Sanger migration to Australia +

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

Sanger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Sanger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Barras" in 1839 [4]
  • Maria Sanger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [5]
  • Maria Sanger, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [5]
  • George Sanger, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [6]
  • Eliza Sanger, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
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New Zealand Sanger 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:

Sanger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Louise Sanger, aged 27, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Sanger (post 1700) +

  • William Cary Sanger, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1895-97; Presidential Elector for New York, 1908
  • Sally J. Sanger, American politician, Tisch Independent Citizens Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992
  • Richard Sanger, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County, 1815-16
  • Marvin H. Sanger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1868; Secretary of State of Connecticut, 1873-77; Connecticut State Treasurer, 1893-95
  • Paul E. Sanger, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Lorenzo P. Sanger (1809-1875), American politician, Member of Illinois State Senate; Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Stone quarry proprietor
  • John P. Sanger, American politician, Tisch Independent Citizens Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992; U.S. Taxpayers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2000
  • Jedediah Sanger (b. 1793), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1793-95 (Herkimer County 1793-94, Herkimer and Onondaga counties 1794-95); Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1796-1804
  • Harry Sanger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952, 1964
  • Harold J. Sanger, American politician, Mayor of Clayton, Missouri, 2013-
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Sanger 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: Fidelitas vincit
Motto Translation: Fidelity prevails.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM BARRAS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839WilliamBarrass.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ramillies1853.shtml.


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