Sayles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Sayles family

The surname Sayles 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 Sayles family

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

Sayles 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 Sayles family name include Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.

Early Notables of the Sayles 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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Sayles Ranking

In the United States, the name Sayles is the 5,725th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Sayles family to Ireland

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

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. Early immigrants bearing the Sayles surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Sayles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sayles, who arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1654 [5]
Sayles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sayles, who landed in New York in 1836 [5]
  • F. A. Sayles, aged 25, who landed in America from Bradford, in 1892
  • H.Q. Sayles, aged 44, who immigrated to America from England, in 1893
  • F.A. Sayles, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1895
  • Eleonor Sayles, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sayles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George William Sayles, aged 23, who landed in America from Kingston, in 1904
  • C. Sayles, who immigrated to America, in 1904
  • Conie Sayles, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1907
  • George Sayles, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Frank A. Sayles, who settled in America, in 1912
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Canada Sayles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sayles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ahab Sayles, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • George R Sayles, who landed in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Sayles (post 1700) +

  • William Nisbeth Sayles (1917-1996), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Emanuel Sayles (1907-1986), American jazz banjoist
  • John Thomas Sayles (b. 1950), American independent film director, screenwriter and author
  • George Osborne "G. O." Sayles (1901-1994), English historian
  • Murray William Sayles (1926-2010), Australian journalist, novelist and adventurer
  • Alexei David Sayles (b. 1952), British stand-up comedian, actor and author
  • Sharon Sayles Belton (b. 1951), American social worker, mayor of Minneapolis (1994-)
  • Sharon Sayles Belton (b. 1951), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984, 1996; Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994-2001

  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.
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  5. ^ 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) on Facebook