The Anglo-Norman surname Sawnderrs 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 Sawnderrs family
The surname Sawnderrs 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 Sawnderrs family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawnderrs research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Sawnderrs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sawnderrs Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations
for the name Sawnderrs include: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
Early Notables of the Sawnderrs 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 Sawnderrs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sawnderrs family to the New World and Oceana
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Sawnderrs: 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 Sawnderrs 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.