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Sarah History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



When the ancestors of the Sarah family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Saire, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Alternatively, the name could have been a trade name for someone who was "an assayer of metals." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
And another variation is that it could have been "an Anglo-Norman personal name, as Saher de Quincy, the famous Earl of Winchester." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
There are at least three other listed origins of the name, but these latter three seem the most probable.


Early Origins of the Sarah family


The surname Sarah was first found in Essex where the family's first listing of the name was found during the reign of Edward II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Omitting the entries as a personal name, we also found: Stephanus filius Seir (1148-1152) and ? filius Saheri (Saieri) c. 1160 in Lincolnshire.

Robertus filius Seer was listed in the 12th century in Nottinghamshire and Richard Sayer was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1230. Thomas Sare and John Sayer were listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1292. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

The Thayer variant produced the Pilgrim Fathers and brothers Thomas Thayer (1596-1665) and Richard Thayer (1601-1664) who were born in Thornbury, Devon. The family were originally from Glastonbury, Somerset, the oldest found was John Tahyer, born c. 1450.


Early History of the Sarah family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sarah research.
Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1602, 1655, 1718, 1695, 1705, 1603, 1625, 1603, 1631 and are included under the topic Early Sarah History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sarah Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Sarah has been recorded under many different variations, including Sayer, Sayers, Sayres and others.

Early Notables of the Sarah family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Sayer or Seare (1560-1602), a Benedictine monk, born at Redgrave, Suffolk, the son of John Seare; Sir John Sayer of Bourchers Hall in Essex; and his son, George Sayer (c. 1655-1718), an English courtier and politician, Member of Parliament...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sarah Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sarah family to Ireland


Some of the Sarah family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 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 Sarah family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Sarahs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Sarah Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Grace Sarah, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [3]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)
  • Mordecah Sarah, who arrived in America in 1679 [3]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)

Sarah Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sarah, aged 20, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]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)

Sarah Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Sarah, aged 30, a miner, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • Mary Ann Sarah, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • Elizabeth Sarah, aged 2, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833
  • William Sarah, aged 4 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Alchymist" in 1833

Sarah Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Richard Sarah, (b. 1810), aged 22 born in Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 24th March 1832, sentenced for death reduced to life for stealing a hat, transported aboard the ship "Circassian" in 1832 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  • Mr. Richard Sarah (b. 1810), aged 22, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1832, sentenced for life for stealing a bat, transported aboard the ship "Circassian" on 4th October 1832 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  • Mr. William Sarah, (b. 1817), aged 38, Cornish farm labourer, from Mylor, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Rajastan" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th January 1855 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Mrs. Mary Sarah, (b. 1817), aged 38, Cornish settler, from Mabe, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Rajastan" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th January 1855 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • Miss Mary Sarah, (b. 1839), aged 16, Cornish domestic servant, from Mylor, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Rajastan" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th January 1855 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sarah (post 1700)


  • Miss Alexandra Sarah Gavin M.V.O.,, British Executive Assistant and Programme Co-ordinator to The Private Secretary to The Queen, was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  • Alice Sarah Kinkead (1871-1926), Irish artist
  • Helen Sarah Willetts (b. 1972), English meteorologist on the BBC from Chester
  • LtCol Sarah Deal, American aviator who became the Marine Corps' first female aviator in 1993
  • Dame Pamela Sarah Coward DBE, British educator and teacher
  • Jaimee Sarah Provan (b. 1978), New Zealand Olympic field hockey forward
  • J. Sarah Barney, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Franklin 2nd Ward, 1938 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Sarah Jane Vowell (b. 1969), American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator and actress from Muskogee, Oklahoma, best known for her voice work as Violet Parr on The Incredibles series
  • Sarah Lockwood Pardee (1839-1922), birth name of Sarah Lockwood Winchester, American heiress, builder of the Winchester Mystery House
  • Ms. Sarah Victoria Hainsworth O.B.E., FREng, (b. 1967), born in Leeds, England, English Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University, professor of Materials and Forensic Engineering, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Engineering and to Forensic Science [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists

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Citations


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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