The Saracen surname is derived from the Old French word "Sarrazin," meaning "Saracen." It is thought to have been a nickname
in Medieval England
for someone of swarthy appearance, or for someone returned from the Crusades, before becoming a surname.
Early Origins of the Saracen family
The surname Saracen was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
Early History of the Saracen family
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Saracen Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Saracen has been recorded under many different variations, including Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.
Early Notables of the Saracen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saracen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Saracen or a variant listed above:
Saracen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anne Saracen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 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)