The Sasso 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 Sasso family
The surname Sasso 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 Sasso family
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Sasso Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sasso has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.
Early Notables of the Sasso family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sasso family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sasso were among those contributors: Rich Sarson, who was on record in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Sarson, who came to Virginia in 1656; as well as Hans Peter Sarson, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1891..