Shaa is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Shaa family lived in Shropshire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Say, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Shaa family
The surname Shaa was first found in Shropshire
but the first record of the name was Geoffrey de Saye, Lord of West Greenwich (1135–1214.) His son, Geoffrey de Saye, II (died 1230), Lord of West Greenwich was born in 1155 in West Greenwich, Kent
and died in Gascoigne, Poitou, France. His son was Geoffrey de Saye (1155–1230), was an English nobleman, and Magna Carta surety who held lands at Edmonton (now part of London) and Sawbridgeworth (a small town and civil parish in Hertfordshire.) Stratfield Saye is a village and civil parish in Hampshire
that includes the hamlets of West End Green, Fair Oak Green and Fair Cross.
Early History of the Shaa family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaa research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1604, 1685, 1649, 1661, 1681, 1691, 1653, 1691, 1664 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Shaa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shaa Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Say, Saye and others.
Early Notables of the Shaa family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Geoffrey Say; Evan Seys (1604-1685), Welsh
lawyer from Swansea, Glamorgan, Attorney General under Oliver Cromwell
, Recorder of Gloucester in 1649, Member of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shaa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shaa family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Shaa name or one of its variants: George Say who settled in Barbados in 1635; Hugh and Jane Say settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Say settled in New England
in 1663; John Saye settled in Virginia in 1637..