The history of the name Savoury began when it was derived from the given name Savaric, an Old German name formed from the elements sav,
with an uncertain meaning, and ric,
which meant powerful. The name came to England
with the Bretons
who accompanied Duke William of Normandy
when he invaded and conquered England
in 1066. The Bretons
came from Brittany
, a French province located on a peninsula on the northwest coast of France. Formerly known as Armorica, a possession of the Roman Empire
, this land consists of a plateau with a deeply indented coast and is broken by hills in the west. However, the region was renamed Britannia Minor by the Romans
, following the emigration of six thousand Britons
across the English Channel, an event which took place at the behest of the Roman Commander in Britain.
Early Origins of the Savoury family
The surname Savoury was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Savoury family
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Savoury Spelling Variations
There are many spelling variations
surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Savory, Savery, Savary and others.
Early Notables of the Savoury family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Savoury family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Savoury arrived in North America very early:
Savoury Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Kate Savoury, aged 50, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York, New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Victoria Luise" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1H-WT5 : 6 December 2014), Kate Savoury, 04 Oct 1913; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Victoria Luise, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Seifiert Savoury, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1917 aboard the ship "Orduna" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJCZ-YP2 : 6 December 2014), Seifiert Savoury, 08 Jun 1917; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Orduna, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Amanda Savoury, aged 38, originally from St. Philip, Barbados, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Saga" from Barbados, British West Indies CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8J-S53 : 6 December 2014), Ananda Savoury, 03 May 1918; citing departure port Barbados, British West Indies, arrival port New York, ship name Saga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
The Savoury 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: Aut vita libera aut mois gloriosa
Motto Translation: A life of freedom, or a death of glory.