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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.

Sawtelle Early Origins



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.

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Sawtelle Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sawtelle Early History


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Sawtelle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawtelle 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 Sawtelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sawtelle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sawtelle Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sawtelle (post 1700)


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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
  • John J. Sawtelle, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts Governor's Council, 1945; Candidate for Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1945
  • J. E. Sawtelle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1916
  • Cullen Sawtelle (1805-1887), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Maine 5th District, 1845-47, 1849-51

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Sawtelle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sawtelle 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 4 November 2015 at 09:59.

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