The Anglo-Norman surname Saynders is derived from the name Saunder, which is a pet form of the personal name
Alexander. This name was originally derived from the Greek personal name Alexandros which literally means defender of men.
Early Origins of the Saynders family
The surname Saynders was first found in County Wicklow
(Irish: Cill Mhantáin), known as the “last county,” created only in 1606, located on the East coast of Ireland
, today part of the Greater Dublin
Area, where they were granted lands by Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke, for their assistance in the invasion of Ireland
Early History of the Saynders family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saynders research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Saynders History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saynders Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Saynders that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations
. The name Saynders has existed in the various shapes: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
Early Notables of the Saynders family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Laurence Saunders, a preacher of Northamptonshire, burned at the stake on February 8, 1555 for his Protestant views; Sir Edmund Saunders (died 1683), an... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saynders Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saynders family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Saynders: Alexander Sanders who settled in Virginia in 1623; along with David, George, Henry, Richard; William Sanders settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants.
The Saynders Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil Conscire Sibi
Motto Translation: Conscious of no Wrong.