Sauls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sauls family

The surname Sauls was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Penrice.

"The manor of Penrice has for many generations belonged to the ancient family of Sawle. The founder of this family came from Normandy with William the Conqueror. He was probably placed in these parts after the Conquest, under the Earl of Moreton, to command those troops which were kept on foot to awe the people into submission to the Norman authority. For it appears, that prior to any records which are now extant, some branches of this family had taken up their residence at Towan, in this parish, and also in some parts of Devonshire; in both of which counties this name has long been known, and as long associated with wealth and power. At what particular time the Sawle family first became inhabitants of Penrice, their present seat, it is difficult to ascertain. It is certain that this has been the place of their abode for many generations." [1]

Mention is made of the family at St. Austell Church in the parish of St. Austell.

"There are some marbles erected to the ancient family of Sawle, particularly one to the memory of John Sawle, Esq. who died in 1715, and Trevanion Sawle, his son, who died in 1714; this is the most elegant one in the church. There is also another that is less superb, erected to the memory of John Sawle, Esq. the last male heir of that ancient family, who died in 1789. This was erected by his maiden sister, Mrs. Mary Sawle, the last survivor who retained the name." [1]

Early History of the Sauls family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sauls research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149, 1162, 1585 and 1544 are included under the topic Early Sauls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sauls Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Sawle, Sawley, Saule, Sauley, Sawlly, Sawlley, Sawlle, Saully and many more.

Early Notables of the Sauls family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sauls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sauls migration to the United States +

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Sauls:

Sauls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sauls, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]

Canada Sauls migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sauls Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sauls, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Sauls (post 1700) +

  • John Irwin Sauls, American Republican politician, Member of the North Carolina General Assembly [3]
  • Christa Sauls (b. 1972), American model and actress, known for her roles in Acapulco H.E.A.T. (1998), The Dentist (1996) and Killing Cupid (2005)


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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