Show ContentsSainsbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Sainsbury date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Sainsbury family lived in the village of Sainsbury found in the county of Gloucester. The surname Sainsbury 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 Sainsbury family

The surname Sainsbury 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 Sainsbury family

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Sainsbury Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sainsbury are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sainsbury include: Sainsbury, Sansbury, Sainsbery, Sansbery and others.

Early Notables of the Sainsbury family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Sandsbury or Sandbury (1576-1610), Latin poet, was born in London. In 1596 he was elected to one of the...
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United States Sainsbury migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sainsbury or a variant listed above:

Sainsbury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Sainsbury, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • John Sainsbury, who was deported to America in 1761
Sainsbury Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward James Sainsbury, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Congresbury, England, in 1907
  • Alfred Sainsbury, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Alice Sainsbury, aged 72, who immigrated to the United States from Fawley, England, in 1919
  • Ernest Sainsbury, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Arthur J. Sainsbury, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sainsbury migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sainsbury Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Albert Sainsbury and Thomas Sainsbury who were on reocrd in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871

Australia Sainsbury migration to Australia +

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

Sainsbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Sainsbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]
  • James Sainsbury (aged 25), a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

New Zealand Sainsbury migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sainsbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Louise Sainsbury, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880 [3]

West Indies Sainsbury migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Sainsbury Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Suzan Sainsbury, a servant sent to Barbados in 1659

Contemporary Notables of the name Sainsbury (post 1700) +

  • John James Sainsbury (1927-2022), Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, English businessman, former head of Sainsbury grocery stores and life peer and sits in the House of Lords
  • William Noel Sainsbury (1825-1895), English historical writer, third son of John and Mary Ann Sainsbury, born at 35 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
  • Peter James Sainsbury (1934-2014), English cricketer who played for Hampshire from 1954 to 1976
  • Edward Sainsbury (1851-1930), English cricketer
  • John James Sainsbury (1844-1928), English founder of the Sainsbury's supermarket chain
  • Sir Timothy Alan Davan Sainsbury (b. 1932), English politician and businessman, Member of Parliament for Hove from 1973 to 1997
  • Alan John Sainsbury (1902-1998), Baron Sainsbury, British business executive
  • The Hon Sir Simon David Davan Sainsbury (1930-2006), British businessman, philanthropist and art collector
  • Mark Sainsbury, New Zealand current affairs television presenter, winner of the Best Presenter Qantas Media Award (2007)
  • R. Mark Sainsbury (b. 1943), British philosopher
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th November 2011). Retrieved from
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