The name Sawndghan is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who was employed as the servant of Sandy or Saunder. Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. The most common suffixes for occupational
names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Sawndghan family
The surname Sawndghan was first found in Perthshire
where they held a family seat
from about the year 1550 at Alyth. According to Barber the name is derived from Sandys in Cumberland
, rather than of Danish or Dutch extraction.(Men of Truth).
Early History of the Sawndghan family
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Sawndghan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sawndghan family name include Sandeman, Sandiman, Sandieman, Sandman and others.
Early Notables of the Sawndghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sawndghan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sawndghan or a variant listed above: Charles Sandman settled in Philadelphia in 1756; and the family settled in Newfoundland at Torbay in the 19th century.
The Sawndghan 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: Stat Veritas
Motto Translation: Truth Stands.