The name Sasnes came to England
with the ancestors of the Sasnes family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sasnes family lived in Shropshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Sasnes family
The surname Sasnes was first found in Shropshire
but the first record of the name was Geoffrey de Saye, Lord of West Greenwich (1135–1214.) His son, Geoffrey de Saye, II (died 1230), Lord of West Greenwich was born in 1155 in West Greenwich, Kent
and died in Gascoigne, Poitou, France. His son was Geoffrey de Saye (1155–1230), was an English nobleman, and Magna Carta surety who held lands at Edmonton (now part of London) and Sawbridgeworth (a small town and civil parish in Hertfordshire.) Stratfield Saye is a village and civil parish in Hampshire
that includes the hamlets of West End Green, Fair Oak Green and Fair Cross.
Early History of the Sasnes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sasnes research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1604, 1685, 1649, 1661, 1681, 1691, 1653, 1691, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Sasnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sasnes Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Say, Saye and others.
Early Notables of the Sasnes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Geoffrey Say; Evan Seys (1604-1685), Welsh
lawyer from Swansea, Glamorgan, Attorney General under Oliver Cromwell
, Recorder of Gloucester in 1649, Member of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sasnes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sasnes family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sasnes or a variant listed above: George Say who settled in Barbados in 1635; Hugh and Jane Say settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Say settled in New England
in 1663; John Saye settled in Virginia in 1637..