Saunders History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Saunders family

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.

Early History of the Saunders family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saunders research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1530, 1581, 1683, 1620, 1695, 1648 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Saunders History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Saunders family (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. Nicholas Sanders or Sander (ca. 1530-1581), was an English controversialist and historian, one of the twelve children of William Sanders of Aston, one time High Sheriff...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saunders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Saunders World Ranking

In the United States, the name Saunders is the 421st most popular surname with an estimated 67,149 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Saunders is ranked the 256th most popular surname with an estimated 16,107 people with that name. [2] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Saunders is the 51st popular surname with an estimated 472 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Saunders as 143rd with 19,828 people. [4] New Zealand ranks Saunders as 139th with 3,491 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks Saunders as 118th with 41,531 people. [6] South Africa ranks Saunders as 857th with 8,136 people. [7]


United States Saunders migration to the United States +

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 [8]
  • Jo Saunders, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [8]
  • Maria Saunders, aged 15, who landed in New England in 1635 [8]
  • Marie Saunders, aged 15, who landed in New England in 1635 [8]
  • Edward Saunders, who settled in Virginia in 1635 with his father Edward
  • ... (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 [8]
  • Mrs. Robert Saunders, who arrived in Georgia in 1734 [8]
  • Anna Mary Saunders, who arrived in New England in 1750 [8]
  • Anna Mary Saunders, who landed in Massachusetts in 1751 [8]
  • John Hyde Saunders, who landed in Virginia in 1772 [8]
Saunders Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Saunders, who arrived in America in 1811 [8]
  • Walter Saunders, who arrived in Maryland in 1811 [8]
  • David Saunders, who landed in New York in 1823 [8]
  • George Saunders, who landed in New York, NY in 1830 [8]
  • Miss Rebecca Saunders, (b. 1811), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship “Andromeda” arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [9]
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Saunders Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Harry Saunders, (b. 1876), aged 28, Cornish butler travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 13th November 1904 en route to New York, USA [10]

Canada Saunders migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. Owen Saunders, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [11]
  • Miss. Catherine Saunders, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [12]
  • Mrs. Margaret Saunders, aged 28 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [12]
  • Miss. Mary Saunders who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Saunders migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Saunders Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Saunders, (b. 1762), aged 31, Irish convict who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boddingtons" on 15th February 1793, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
Saunders Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Saunders, British Convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Thomas Saunders, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Richard Saunders, English convict who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Joseph Saunders, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for life, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • Mr. James Saunders, British Convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [17]
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New Zealand Saunders migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Saunders Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H T Saunders, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [18]
  • William Saunders, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Joseph Saunders, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Herman Saunders, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Saunders, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Prince of Wales
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Contemporary Notables of the name Saunders (post 1700) +

  • Gil Saunders (d. 2021), American lead singer with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  • Arlene Saunders (1930-2020), American spinto soprano opera singer; she died of COVID-19
  • Jeraldine Saunders (1923-2019), born Geraldine Loretta Glynn, an American writer and lecturer, best known as the creator of The Love Boat, an ABC Television series. based on her time as the first full time female cruise director
  • Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders (1955-2015), American basketball player and coach
  • Robert Saunders (1929-2016), American politician, Member of the Florida Senate (1969-1971) and (1973-1976)
  • 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)
  • Joseph Francis Saunders (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John Monk Saunders (1895-1940), Oscar-winning American novelist, screenwriter and movie director
  • Alvin Saunders (1817-1899), American politician, U.S. Senator from Nebraska, and governor of Nebraska during the American Civil War
  • ... (Another 119 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert Saunders, British Master At Arms from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [19]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Harry W.  Saunders (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Master Frank  Saunders (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Mr. Joseph  Saunders, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Mrs. Agnes  Saunders (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • Mr. Albert  Saunders (1894-1917), Canadian Able Seaman aboard the HMCS Niobe from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who died in the explosion [20]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Stanley Alfred Saunders (d. 1945), British Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
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 and died in the sinking [22]
  • 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 and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Albert Saunders (b. 1915), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Landport, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [22]
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 [23]
  • 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 [23]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Henry Saunders (b. 1863), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [24]
  • Mr. Richard Saunders (b. 1841), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [24]
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 [25]
  • Mr. F Saunders (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. W. Saunders (d. 1912), aged 23, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [25]
  • 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 [25]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Thomas Saunders (b. 1892), Welsh coal miner from Abertridwr, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died


The Saunders 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.


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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  23. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
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