Show ContentsSayle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sayle is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Sayle was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname Sayle were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. [1]

Early Origins of the Sayle family

The surname Sayle was first found in Cheshire but the family can be found throughout ancient Britain in early years. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert a la Sale. Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III lists Nicholas de la Sale, temp. 20 Edward I and William de la Sale. Robert de la Sale was Bailiff of Norwich in 1327. [2]

"About the time of Edward I., Thomas, son of William De la Sale, held twelve acres of land in Ickleford, Hertfordshire. According to Cussans, the Hertfordshire Sales hailed from Scotland nearly two centuries ago, and he mentions Francis Sale, a gentleman who was married at Ashwell in 1694." [3]

Early History of the Sayle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sayle research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1675, 1670, 1671, 1697, 1736, 1734, 1612, 1682, 1652, 1655, 1659 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Sayle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sayle Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sayle has been recorded under many different variations, including Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.

Early Notables of the Sayle family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sayle (c. 1590-1675), English explorer and later settler of the Bahamas, the first governor of colonial South Carolina from 1670-1671; and George Sale (1697-1736), English Orientalist and solicitor, best known for his 1734 translation of the Qur'an into English and as author of...
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Ireland Migration of the Sayle family to Ireland

Some of the Sayle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Sayle migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sayle or a variant listed above:

Sayle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Sayle, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640 [4]
  • William Sayle (died 1671), English colonist who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1646 [4]
  • Hum Sayle, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • Jane Sayle, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [4]
  • Clement Sayle, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [4]
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Australia Sayle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sayle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Sayle, (b. 1830), aged 18, British Convict who was convicted in Castletown (Castle Rushen), Isle of Man for 7 years for assault, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1871 whilst bathing [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sayle (post 1700) +

  • Charles Edward Sayle (1864-1924), English Uranian poet, literary scholar and librarian
  • Robert Sayle, English founder and eponym of a department store in Cambridge, England in 1840
  • Jeffery Sayle, Australian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer
  • Murray William Sayle OAM (1926-2010), Australian journalist, novelist and adventurer
  • Alexei David Sayle (b. 1952), British stand-up comedian, actor and author

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. W Sayle, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [6]

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook