Sawtelle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sawtelle is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who played the psaltery, which was a stringed instrument. The surname Sawtelle 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 Sawtelle is a metonymic surname, which means it is derived from an object associated with an occupation.

Early Origins of the Sawtelle family

The surname Sawtelle 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.

Early History of the Sawtelle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawtelle research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1404, 1383, 1386, 1388, 1397, 1399, 1580, 1650, 1718, 1723 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Sawtelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sawtelle Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sawtelle has appeared include Salter, Sallter, Saltier, Saltire and others.

Early Notables of the Sawtelle family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Salter (died 1404), English politician, a weaver, one of the wealthiest men in his area, Member of Parliament for Devizes 1383, 1386, 1388, 1397, and 1399. Thomas Salter ( fl. 1580) was an English author, is said by Ritson to have been a schoolmaster. If so, he...
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Migration of the Sawtelle family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sawtelle arrived in North America very early: Edward Salter settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Elizabeth in 1653; Francis 1655; John 1623; Joseph 1663; Richard 1656; Robert 1649; Robert 1774.

Contemporary Notables of the name Sawtelle (post 1700) +

  • W.E. Sawtelle, American manager of the Pacific Land Company, eponym of Sawtelle, Los Angeles
  • William Henry Sawtelle (1868-1934), United States federal judge from Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • Cullen Sawtelle (1805-1887), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine
  • Robert Sawtelle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [1]
  • John J. Sawtelle, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts Governor's Council, 1945; Candidate for Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1945 [1]
  • J. E. Sawtelle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1916 [1]
  • Cullen Sawtelle (1805-1887), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Maine 5th District, 1845-47, 1849-51 [1]
  • Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett (1868-1933), American Republican politician, Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1911-27; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1916 [2]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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