Santee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Santee date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Santee family lived in the residence that was near the sands. Santee 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 Santee were named due to their close proximity to the sands.

Early Origins of the Santee family

The surname Santee 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 Santee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santee research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1708, 1519, 1588, 1559, 1570, 1570, 1576, 1576, 1588, 1577, 1644, 1560, 1623, 1586, 1609, 1622, 1591, 1623, 1614, 1621, 1622, 1615, 1685, 1640, 1642, 1681, 1685, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1607 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Santee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Santee 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 Santee 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 Santee include: Sandys, Sands, Sandy and others.

Early Notables of the Santee family (pre 1700)

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; his son, George Sandys (1577-1644), an English traveler, colonist and poet; 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)...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Santee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Santee family to Ireland

Some of the Santee 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 Santee 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 Santee or a variant listed above:

Santee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Santee, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1892
  • Maria Santee, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1892
Santee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Miner Santee, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Eloise B. Santee, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Alfredo Santee, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1923
  • Thomas Edgar Santee, aged 43, who landed in America from Atlantic, Massachusetts, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Santee (post 1700) +

  • John Wills Santee (b. 1860), American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1907-10
  • Jerry E. B. Santee (1850-1928), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 2nd District, 1876-77, 1904-06
  • Charles Burton Santee (1864-1943), American Republican politician, Real estate agent; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912
  • Corey Santee (b. 1983), American professional basketball guard
  • James "Jimmie" Santee, American 1981 Golden Spin of Zagreb champion figure skater
  • David Santee, American 1981 World silver medalist figure skater
  • David Wesley Santee (1932-2010), American middle distance runner at the 1952 Summer Olympics


The Santee 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.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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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