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Sinner is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Sinner family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Sinner comes from the Norman personal name Samson.

Early Origins of the Sinner family

The surname Sinner was first found in Gloucestershire, but the family was quickly scattered throughout Britain as they claim descendancy from "De St. Sampson, from the lordship near Caen, Normandy. Ralph de St. Sansom accompanied the Conqueror, and [by] 1086 held estates in several counties. William Sampson, his descendant, was summoned to Parliament as a Baron 1297-1304. " [1]

Another reference notes "Samson, the name of a Welsh bishop (fl. 550) who crossed over to Brittany and founded the abbey of Dol where he was buried and venerated as a saint. Whether his name is the Biblical Samson or one of Celtic origin is uncertain. The name was popular in Yorkshire and eastern counties." [2]

Samsom (died 1112), was and English divine, Bishop of Worcester, born at Douvres near Caen, was the son of Osbert and Muriel, who were of noble lineage.

Samsom (1135-1211), was Abbot of St. Edmund's, born at Tottington, near Thetford in Norfolk. "When nine years old he was taken by his mother on a pilgrimage to St. Edmund's. 'As a poor clerk,' he received gratuitous instruction from a schoolmaster named William of Diss. " [3]

Early History of the Sinner family

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Sinner Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sampson, Samson and others.

Early Notables of the Sinner family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667), a French cartographer of Scottish descent; William Sampson (1590?-1636?), an English dramatist from Retford, Nottinghamshire; and his son, Henry Sampson (1629?-1700), an English nonconformist minister and physician. Born at South Leverton, Nottinghamshire, and after the Restoration, he preached for some time privately at Framlingham, and founded an independent congregation, which still exists. Turning to medicine, he studied at Padua and at Leyden, where he graduated M.D. on 12 July 1668. He practised in London, and was admitted an honorary fellow of the College of Physicians on 30 Sept. 1680. [3] Richard...
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Ireland Migration of the Sinner family to Ireland

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United States Sinner migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sinner or a variant listed above:

Sinner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Sinner, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [4]
Sinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Sinner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [4]
Sinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Catilles Sinner, aged 15, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Christine Sinner, aged 7, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Conrad Sinner, aged 9, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Georg Sinner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • Grete Sinner, aged 39, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Sinner migration to Australia +

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

Sinner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Sinner (Ruffey), British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 9th March 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sinner (post 1700) +

  • George A. Sinner (1928-2018), American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Dakota State Senate (1962-1966), Member of North Dakota State House of Representatives (1982-1984), 29th Governor of North Dakota (1985-1993) [6]
  • Jane Sinner (b. 1931), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for North Dakota, 2012 [6]
  • George B. Sinner, American Democratic Party politician, Insurance agent; Banker; Member of North Dakota State Senate 46th District, 2013-14 [6]
  • Frederick E. Sinner, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 8th District, 1878 [6]

The Sinner 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: Pejus letho flagitium
Motto Translation: Disgrace is worse than Death.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. 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 14th February 2020). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook