Sawndereson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Sawndereson is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Sawndereson is was a patronymic name created from Sandy, a diminutive of the given name Alexander. [1]

Early Origins of the Sawndereson family

The surname Sawndereson was first found in county Durham. They were descended from Alexander, a Norman noble who had been granted lands in Waslington in the county of Durham and whose son took the surname James Saunderson. Whorlton in Durham was home to one branch of the family. "This place formed part of the forfeited estates of the Earl of Westmorland, and was purchased from the commissioners of the crown lands; the manor subsequently became the property of the Sanderson family." [2]

Also the parish of Saxby in Lincolnshire was home to the family since early times. "This place has long been in the possession of the Saundersons, now represented by the Earl of Scarborough." [2]

Early History of the Sawndereson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawndereson research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1602, 1587, 1663, 1682, 1739, 1637, 1712, 1561, 1630, 1611, 1627, 1667, 1723, 1720, 1696, 1761, 1573, 1837, 1906, 1977 and 1997 are included under the topic Early Sawndereson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sawndereson Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sawndereson family name include Saunderson, Sanderson, Sandeson, Sandison and others.

Early Notables of the Sawndereson family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Sanderson (d. 1602), English Catholic divine, a native of Lancashire, matriculated as a sizar of Trinity College, Cambridge; Robert Sanderson (1587-1663), English clergyman and casuist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), English scientist and mathematician, he may have been the earliest discoverer of Bayes theorem; Mary Saunderson (1637-1712), later known as Mary Saunderson Betterton after her marriage to Thomas Betterton, an...
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sawndereson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sawndereson family to Ireland

Some of the Sawndereson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 118 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sawndereson family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Sawndereson family to immigrate North America: Alexander Sanderson settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Saunderson who settled in Virginia in 1635; Joe Saunderson settled in St. Christopher in 1635.



The Sawndereson 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: Je suis veillant à plaire
Motto Translation: I am watchful to please.


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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