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The Anglo-Norman surname Saunders is derived from the name Saunder, which is a pet form of the personal name Alexander. This name was originally derived from the Greek personal name Alexandros which literally means defender of men.
The surname Saunders was first found in County Wicklow (Irish: Cill Mhantáin), known as the “last county,” created only in 1606, located on the East coast of Ireland, today part of the Greater Dublin Area, where they were granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Saunders revealed the following spelling variations: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saunders research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Saunders History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saunders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Saunders:
Saunders Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Saunders, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634
- Maria Saunders, aged 15, landed in New England in 1635
- Marie Saunders, aged 15, arrived in America in 1635
- Edward Saunders settled in Virginia in 1635 with his father Edward
- Martin Saunders settled in New England in 1635 with his wife and three children
Saunders Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joseph Saunders, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734-1736
- Mrs. Robert Saunders, who arrived in Georgia in 1734
- Anna Mary Saunders, who landed in Massachusetts in 1751
- John Hyde Saunders, who landed in Virginia in 1772
Saunders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Saunders, who arrived in America in 1811
- Walter Saunders, who arrived in Maryland in 1811
- George Saunders, who landed in New York, NY in 1830
- William Saunders, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
- Polly Saunders, aged 30, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
Saunders Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Margt Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Wm Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Timothy Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Powell Saunders, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
Saunders Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Saunders, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
- Jane Saunders, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
Saunders Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Saunders, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Saunders, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- William Saunders, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Joseph Saunders, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Saunders, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
Saunders Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Saunders landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
- Joseph Saunders landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- William Herman Saunders landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Mr Saunders landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Prince of Wales
- Alfred Saunders landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Fifeshire
- Harold Henry "Hal" Saunders (1930-2016), American diplomat, 12th United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1978-1981), 6th Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (1975-1978)
- Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders (1955-2015), American basketball player and coach
- Scott Christopher Saunders (1967-1988), American Student from Macungie, Pennsylvania, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Joseph Francis Saunders (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Larry Saunders (b. 1939), American Democrat politician, Realtor; Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1968-88; Member of Kentucky State Senate 37th District, 1993-; Chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 2000
- Lee Saunders, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1976
- Lee Saunders, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000
- Mark Ashton Saunders (1883-1974), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kewanee, Illinois, 1935-43; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1936, 1940 (alternate), 1948
- Mike Saunders, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1936
- Miles G. Saunders, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1912; Member of Democratic National Committee from Colorado, 1920
- Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Simeon Saunders by R.S. Sanders.
- James & Alvin Sanders, Livestock Journalists of the Midwest by Richard Bryan Helmer.
- Loomis Legacies and a Saga of Sanders by Lorell Loomis.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil Conscire Sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no Wrong.
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
The Saunders Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saunders Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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