The Anglo-Norman surname Sawnder is derived from the name Saunder, which is a pet form of the personal name
Alexander. This name was originally derived from the Greek personal name Alexandros which literally means defender of men.
Early Origins of the Sawnder family
The surname Sawnder was first found in County Wicklow
(Irish: Cill Mhantáin), known as the “last county,” created only in 1606, located on the East coast of Ireland
, today part of the Greater Dublin
Area, where they were granted lands by Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland
Early History of the Sawnder family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawnder research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Sawnder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sawnder Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Sawnder. Some of these variations included: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
Early Notables of the Sawnder family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Laurence Saunders, a preacher of Northamptonshire, burned at the stake on February 8, 1555 for his Protestant views; Sir Edmund Saunders (died 1683), an... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sawnder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sawnder family to the New World and Oceana
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families
desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland
resulted in the Great Potato Famine
. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Sawnder: Alexander Sanders who settled in Virginia in 1623; along with David, George, Henry, Richard; William Sanders settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants.
The Sawnder 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: Nil Conscire Sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no Wrong.