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Sansom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Sansom is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Sansom comes from the Norman personal name Samson.

Early Origins of the Sansom family


The surname Sansom was first found in Gloucestershire, but the was quickly scattered throughout Britain as they claim descendancy from "De St. Sampson, from the lordship near Caen, Normandy. Ralph de St. Sansom accompanied the Conqueror, and [by] 1086 held estates in several counties. William Sampson, his descendant, was summoned to Parliament as a Baron 1297-1304. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Another reference notes "Samson, the name of a Welsh bishop ( fl. 550) who crossed over to Brittany and founded the abbey of Dol where he was buried and venerated as a saint. Whether his name is the Biblical Samsom or one of Celtic origin is uncertain. The name was popular in Yorkshire and eastern counties." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Early History of the Sansom family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sansom research.
Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1112, 1627, 1600, 1667, 1590, 1636, 1629 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Sansom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sansom Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sansom were recorded, including Sampson, Samson and others.

Early Notables of the Sansom family (pre 1700)


Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sansom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sansom family to Ireland


Some of the Sansom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sansom family to the New World and Oceana


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Sansom arrived in North America very early:

Sansom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sansom, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [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 Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [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)
  • Francis Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1684 [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)

Sansom Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Sansom, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [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)
  • William Sansom, who landed in America in 1765 [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)

Sansom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sansom, who arrived in New York in 1802 [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)

Sansom Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sansom, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Elizabeth Sansom, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • George Sansom, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • John Sansom, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm

Sansom Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Sansom, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841
  • Ann Sansom, aged 32, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tyne" in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Sansom (post 1700)


  • William L. Sansom, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912; Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 26th District, 1926; Chair of Clarion County Democratic Party, 1927
  • Ray Sansom (b. 1962), American Republican politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives 4th District, 2003
  • Mary Sansom, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1996
  • L. G. Sansom, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1915-16
  • Dixie Newton Sansom (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Newspaper reporter; Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1984-92; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1988
  • Cooper Sansom, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1912
  • Emma Sansom (1847-1900), Alabama farmgirl noted for her bravery during the American Civil War, eponym of Emma Sansom Middle School
  • Arthur B. Sansom (1920-1991), American comic strip cartoonist
  • Ray Sansom (b. 1962), American member of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Kenneth Graham Sansom (b. 1958), English former footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Sansom 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: Pejus letho flagitium
Motto Translation: Disgrace is worse than Death.


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Citations


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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 Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm

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