Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Saunds is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the residence that was near the sands. Saunds is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages people were very conscious of the variations in their surroundings including the soil types. In this case the original bearers of the surname Saunds were named due to their close proximity to the sands.
Early Origins of the Saunds family
Worcestershire at Wickhamford, a parish, in the union of Evesham, Upper division of the hundred of Blackenhurst. "The church [of Wickhamford] is an exceedingly neat edifice, with a simple unpretending tower which rises prettily above the trees that environ it: in the chancel are two enriched altar-tombs with effigies in alabaster, in memory of the Sandys family, whose descendant, Lord Sandys, in 1841 repaired the entire church." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. "About a mile from the church [of Woodham-Ferris in Essex] is Edwin Hall, a handsome mansion erected by Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Saunds family
Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1708, 1519, 1588, 1559, 1570, 1570, 1576, 1576, 1588, 1577, 1644, 1560, 1623, 1586, 1609, 1622, 1591, 1623, 1614, 1621, 1622, 1615, 1685, 1640, 1642, 1681, 1685, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1607 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Saunds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saunds Spelling Variations
spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Saunds has been spelled many different ways, including Sandys, Sands, Sandy and others.
Early Notables of the Saunds family (pre 1700)
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saunds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saunds family to Ireland
Some of the Saunds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saunds family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Saundss to arrive in North America: David Sands who settled in Virginia in 1620; followed by George in 1623; William in 1623; Mary in 1648; Ellen Sands settled in New York State in 1804.
The Saunds 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: Probum non poenitet
Motto Translation: We do not repent of what is good.
Saunds Family Crest Products