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Sanson is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Norman personal name Samson.

Sanson Early Origins



The surname Sanson 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)

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Sanson Spelling Variations


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Sanson Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sanson family name include Sampson, Samson and others.

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Sanson Early History


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Sanson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sanson 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 Sanson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sanson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sanson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sanson In Ireland


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Sanson In Ireland



Some of the Sanson 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Sanson family to immigrate North America:

Sanson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Sanson, who arrived in Maryland in 1679
  • Walter Sanson, who arrived in Virginia in 1695

Sanson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Sanson, who arrived in New York in 1701
  • Daniel Sanson, who came to New York in 1701
  • Isabelle Sanson, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Hilaire Sanson, who came to Louisiana in 1720

Sanson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. Sanson, who came to Illinois in 1886
  • Alexander Sanson, who came to Nebraska in 1894
  • James Sanson, who came to Arkansas in 1895
  • James Sanson, who landed in Arkansas in 1895

Sanson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Frank Sanson, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • David L. Sanson, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Sanson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sanson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Mary Sanson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • William Henry Sanson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Sanson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Mary Ann Sanson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sanson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William P. Sanson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sanson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sanson (post 1700)



  • Nicolas-Antoine Sanson, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Yvonne Sanson (1926-2003), Greek film actress
  • Véronique Marie Line Sanson (b. 1949), French singer-songwriter
  • Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667), French cartographer
  • Jean-Baptiste Sanson de Pongerville (1782-1870), French poet, member of the Académie française in 1830
  • Ernest Sanson (1836-1918), French architect
  • Dominique Sanson (b. 1949), French artist
  • Charles Henri Sanson (1739-1806), Royal Executioner of France from 1788 to 1795, he executed nearly 3,000 people, including King Louis XVI himself
  • Boris Sanson (b. 1980), French gold medalist sabre fencer at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Audley Sanson (b. 1974), Jamaica-born, West Indian cricketer at the 1998 Commonwealth Games

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Suggested Readings for the name Sanson


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Suggested Readings for the name Sanson



  • Legacy of Death by Barbara Levy.

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Motto


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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


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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)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Sanson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sanson 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.

This page was last modified on 8 October 2015 at 15:25.

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