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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.

Saunders Early Origins



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.

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Saunders Spelling Variations


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Saunders Spelling Variations



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.

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Saunders Early History


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Saunders Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Saunders Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Saunders Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Laurence Saunders, a preacher of Northamptonshire, burned at the stake on February 8, 1555 for his Protestant views; Sir Edmund Saunders (died 1683), an...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saunders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Saunders Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Saunders, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Timothy Saunders, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Saunders Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Saunders, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Saunders (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Saunders (post 1700)



  • John Peterson Saunders (1955-2016), Canadian-American sports journalist for ESPN and ABC
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 109 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Saunders Historic Events


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Saunders Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Robert Saunders, British Master At Arms from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harry W.  Saunders (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Frank  Saunders (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Joseph  Saunders, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Agnes  Saunders (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Albert  Saunders (1894-1917), Canadian Able Seaman aboard the HMCS Niobe from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood

  • Mr. James G Saunders (b. 1913), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Wokingham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur W Saunders (b. 1920), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Hilsea, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Saunders (b. 1915), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Landport, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • 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
  • Theresa Elizabeth Jane Saunders (1960-1988), English Marketing from Sunbury-on-Thames, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. D. E. Saunders (d. 1912), aged 26, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. F Saunders (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. W. Saunders (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Walter Edward Saunders (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Saunders


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Suggested Readings for the name Saunders



  • 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.

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Motto



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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    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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