Origins Available: English
Sayon is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Sainsbury found in the county of Gloucester. The surname Sayon is a habitation
name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. Habitation
names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Sayon family
The surname Sayon was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sayon family
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Sayon 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 Sayon family name include Sainsbury, Sansbury, Sainsbery, Sansbery and others.
Early Notables of the Sayon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sayon family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Sayon surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Suzan Sainsbury, a servant sent to Barbados in 1659; Ann Sainsbery, who settled in Maryland in 1673; John Sainsbury, who was deported to America in 1761.