Sawndbeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Sawndbeck date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Sawndbeck family
The surname Sawndbeck 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 Sawndbeck family
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Sawndbeck Spelling Variations
Sawndbeck has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sawndbeck have been found, including Sandbach, Sandback, Sandbeck and others.
Early Notables of the Sawndbeck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sawndbeck family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sawndbecks to arrive on North American shores: Francis Sandbach arrived in New York in 1820; Walter Sanbecke landed in Pennsylvania in 1727.
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