Sawndbach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sawndbach is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Sawndbach family once lived in the market-town of Sandbach which was found in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire lies on the border between England and Wales; it is the northernmost county on the border. Devastated in the 11th century by border wars between William the Conqueror and the Welsh, Cheshire's border with Wales fluctuated over the next several centuries. Today, the western portion of the Domesday era county is in Wales. [1]

The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as "Sanbec." [2] Literally it means "sandy valley-stream," from the Old English "sand" + baece." [3]

Early Origins of the Sawndbach family

The surname Sawndbach was first found in Cheshire at Sandbach. While this is where the family hails, we must look to Staffordshire to find the first records of the family. For it is there that Richard de Sandebech and Roger de Sandbach were listed in the Feet of Fines 1227 and 1254. [4] "The township of Sandbach gave its name to an ancient Cheshire family which flourished up to the 13th century." [5]

Early History of the Sawndbach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawndbach research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1636, 1578, 1749, 1772 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Sawndbach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sawndbach Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sawndbach family name include Sandbach, Sandback, Sandbeck and others.

Early Notables of the Sawndbach family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sawndbach family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sawndbach surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Francis Sandbach arrived in New York in 1820; Walter Sanbecke landed in Pennsylvania in 1727.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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