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The many generations and branches of the Sawtell family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who played the psaltery, which was a stringed instrument. The surname Sawtell is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. In this case, the surname Sawtell is a metonymic surname, which means it is derived from an object associated with an occupation.

Sawtell Early Origins



The surname Sawtell was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Sawtell Spelling Variations


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Sawtell Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sawtell were recorded, including Salter, Sallter, Saltier, Saltire and others.

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Sawtell Early History


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Sawtell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawtell research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1404, 1383, 1386, 1388, 1397, 1397 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Sawtell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sawtell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sawtell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sawtell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sawtell family emigrate to North America:

Sawtell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Sawtell, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Thomas Sawtell, who landed in Massachusetts in 1649

Sawtell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sawtell, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Emily Sawtell, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • John Sawtell, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Joseph Sawtell, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Rachell Sawtell, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Sawtell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Sawtell arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sawtell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sawtell (post 1700)



  • Martin Sawtell, American visual effects specialist, known for his work with Lucasfilm in Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
  • Joshua Sawtell, American actor and producer, known for The Corners (2010), How to Kill Your Boss and Friends Like These (2014)
  • Henry Sawtell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1960
  • Oswald Sawtell, Australian land developer, eponym of Sawtell, New South Wales
  • Cassandra Sawtell (b. 1997), Canadian Young Artist Award nominated actress, known for her work in She's the Man (2006), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) and Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • Paul Sawtell (1906-1971), Polish-born film score composer, known for his work in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Broken Arrow (1956)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Sawtell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sawtell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 March 2016 at 06:57.

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