The Anglo-Norman surname Sonder 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 Sonder family
The surname Sonder 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 Sonder family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sonder research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1683, 1620 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Sonder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sonder Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Sonder included: Saunders, Sanders, Sawnders, Sainders, Saynders, Saunderrs, Sannders, Sanderrs, Saunder and many more.
Early Notables of the Sonder 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 Sonder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sonder family to the New World and Oceana
In the mid-19th century, Ireland
experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant
farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine
of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families
left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Sonder: 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 Sonder 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.