Sawndback History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Sawndback has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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. 
The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as "Sanbec."  Literally it means "sandy valley-stream," from the Old English "sand" + baece." 
Early Origins of the Sawndback family
The surname Sawndback 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.  "The township of Sandbach gave its name to an ancient Cheshire family which flourished up to the 13th century." 
Early History of the Sawndback family
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Sawndback Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sawndback have been found, including Sandbach, Sandback, Sandbeck and others.
Early Notables of the Sawndback family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sawndback family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sawndback, or a variant listed above: Francis Sandbach arrived in New York in 1820; Walter Sanbecke landed in Pennsylvania in 1727.
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