The Sasson 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 Sasson family
The surname Sasson 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 Sasson family
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Sasson Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sasson has been spelled many different ways, including Sarson, Sarsen, Saracen, Sarason, Sareson and many more.
Early Notables of the Sasson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sasson family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sassons to arrive in North America: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Sasson (post 1700)
- Andrew Jacques Sasson (b. 1970), British-American nightlife entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer
- Steven J. Sasson (b. 1950), American electrical engineer and the inventor of the digital camera
- Binyamin Sasson (1903-1989), Israeli politician
- Eliyahu Sasson (1902-1978), Israeli politician, Minister of Postal Services (1961-1967), Minister of Police (1967-1969)