Early Origins of the Sapsford family
The surname Sapsford was first found in Hertfordshire
where the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Sawbridgeworth, held by Geoffrey de Mandeville, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. The village consisted of Mill and a few houses. Utterby in Lincolnshire
is of indirect interest to the family. "Utterby House, the seat of the Rev. H. B. Benson, is beautifully situated, and the grounds comprehend some picturesque scenery; over the entrance are the armorial bearings of the Sapsford family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Unfortunately, we can find no trace of how the family arms came to be there. One can only presume that at one time the family held Utterby House.
Early History of the Sapsford family
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Sapsford Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Sapsford, Sapsworth, Sapsforde, Sapstead, Sapseth, Sapford and many more.
Early Notables of the Sapsford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sapsford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sapsford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Sydney H. Sapsford, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
- Margaret Sapsford, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
Contemporary Notables of the name Sapsford (post 1700)
- Danny Sapsford (b. 1969), British tennis player
- Tom Sapsford (b. 1975), British ballet dancer and choreographer, winner of the Jerwood Foundation Young Choreographers’ Awards