The name Synard is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person with lordly bearing,
or the older of two people with the same name.
The first is by analogy with the French seigneur,
Early Origins of the Synard family
The surname Synard was first found in Norfolk
, where the family was granted lands by William the Conqueror for having assisted at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The earliest known bearer of the name was Walter Seignure, who was recorded in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Synard family
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Synard Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Senior, Sinyeard, Singard, Sinyard, Sinor, Sayner, Saynor, Sayner and many more.
Early Notables of the Synard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Synard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Synard or a variant listed above: Eliz Senior, who settled in Virginia in 1666; Jacob Senior, who arrived in Nevis in 1679; Joseph Senior, who arrived in Barbados in 1680 with his four servants, Jane Senior, who came to Virginia in 1728.
Contemporary Notables of the name Synard (post 1700)
- Sam Synard, Canadian political candidate in the 2003 Newfoundland and Labrador general election, former Deputy Mayor of Marystown in 1999, current Mayor of Marytown, Newfoundland
The Synard 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: Medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Go most safely by the middle course