Santison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Santison is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Santison is was a patronymic name created from Sandy, a diminutive of the given name Alexander. [1]

Early Origins of the Santison family

The surname Santison was first found in county Durham. They were descended from Alexander, a Norman noble who had been granted lands in Waslington in the county of Durham and whose son took the surname James Saunderson. Whorlton in Durham was home to one branch of the family. "This place formed part of the forfeited estates of the Earl of Westmorland, and was purchased from the commissioners of the crown lands; the manor subsequently became the property of the Sanderson family." [2]

Also the parish of Saxby in Lincolnshire was home to the family since early times. "This place has long been in the possession of the Saundersons, now represented by the Earl of Scarborough." [2]

Early History of the Santison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santison research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1602, 1587, 1663, 1682, 1739, 1637, 1712, 1561, 1630, 1611, 1627, 1667, 1723, 1720, 1696, 1761, 1573, 1837, 1906, 1977 and 1997 are included under the topic Early Santison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Santison 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 Santison were recorded, including Saunderson, Sanderson, Sandeson, Sandison and others.

Early Notables of the Santison family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Sanderson (d. 1602), English Catholic divine, a native of Lancashire, matriculated as a sizar of Trinity College, Cambridge; Robert Sanderson (1587-1663), English clergyman and casuist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), English scientist and mathematician, he may have been the earliest discoverer of Bayes theorem; Mary Saunderson (1637-1712), later known as Mary Saunderson Betterton after her marriage to Thomas Betterton, an...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Santison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Santison family to Ireland

Some of the Santison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 118 words (8 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 Santison family

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 Santison arrived in North America very early: Alexander Sanderson settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Saunderson who settled in Virginia in 1635; Joe Saunderson settled in St. Christopher in 1635.



The Santison 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: Je suis veillant à plaire
Motto Translation: I am watchful to please.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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