The surname Saunt first came to England
in the wake of the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "sant," meaning "saint," and was most likely first bestowed as a nickname
either on someone of saintly character or in an ironic way on someone of loose morals.
Early Origins of the Saunt family
The surname Saunt was first found in Yorkshire
, where Roger le Sent was recorded to be living in 1250. The nickname
origin of the name makes it likely that several branches of the Saunt family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Saunt family
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Saunt Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Saunt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saunt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Miles Sant, who settled in Maryland in 1668; James Saint, who emigrated from England
to Maryland in 1684; and John Egerton Saint, a convict who arrived in Virginia in 1756..
Contemporary Notables of the name Saunt (post 1700)
- Sarah Gatty Saunt (b. 1977), professional waterskier born in Surrey