The name Saundham is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a person who was employed as the servant of Sandy or Saunder. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. The most common suffixes for occupational
names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Saundham family
The surname Saundham was first found in Perthshire
where they held a family seat
from about the year 1550 at Alyth. According to Barber the name is derived from Sandys in Cumberland
, rather than of Danish or Dutch extraction.(Men of Truth).
Early History of the Saundham family
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Saundham Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Saundham include Sandeman, Sandiman, Sandieman, Sandman and others.
Early Notables of the Saundham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saundham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Saundham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Charles Sandman settled in Philadelphia in 1756; and the family settled in Newfoundland at Torbay in the 19th century.
The Saundham 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: Stat Veritas
Motto Translation: Truth Stands.