Zachary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Zachary family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Saultchreveuil on the Cotentin peninsula, Normandy. Also, known as Sacheverell, there is no clear record of the family's migration to England. [1]

Early Origins of the Zachary family

The surname Zachary was first found in Derbyshire where "the family held a fief in Derby from the barony of Chaurces. In the thirteenth century, Patricius de Saucheverel held one knight's fee at Sallow and Hopwell,Notts and Derby." [2]

"Ralph Sacheverel of Hopwell in Derbyshire, and his son John, were among the esquires who, in 1474 bound themselves by indenture to serve William Lord Hastings in peace and war. John married Joan, sole heiress of William Zouche of Bulwich, who brought him Morley, the principal seat of his descendants ; and was knighted by Richard III. before the battle of Bosworth, in which he was slain. His younger brother Richard obtained an estate in Notts. " [1]

After the attainder of Humphrey Duke of Buckingham, Ratcliffe-on-Soar came to Sir Richard Sacheverel, who left it to Ralph Saclieverel, his brother or near kinsman; in which name and family it continued till Henry Sacheverell, the last owner there, estated the same on Sir Thomas Hutchinson, his sister's son." [1]

The name, abbreviated to Cheverel, is of very old date in Dorsetshire, where they were seated at East Stoke and at Chantmarle-the latter place acquired through an heiress in the time of Henry VI.

Early History of the Zachary family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zachary research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1250, 1714, 1638, 1691, 1674, 1724, 1689, 1596, 1651, 1662, 1638, 1691 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Zachary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Zachary Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Zachary has been recorded under many different variations, including Secheral, Secheveral, Secherreveral, Secherevarral, Secheverall, Secheverrall, Sacheveral, Sacheverral, Sacheverall, Sacheverell, Sacheverel, Sacheverrall, Sachaverral, Sacherrevall and many more.

Early Notables of the Zachary family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Sacheverell (1638-1691), an English politician from Derbyshire where he inherited large estates from his father; and his son Robert Sacheverell who represented the borough of Nottingham in six parliaments. Henry Sacheverell (ca. 1674-1724), was a political preacher, son of Joshua Sacheverell, rector of St. Peter's Church, Marlborough, Wiltshire. He was fifteen when he matriculated at Oxford in 1689. He claimed to be connected with the Sacheverells of New Hall, Warwickshire, and of Morley, Derbyshire, and his claim was admitted by some of them, but the connection has not been made out. It is...
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Zachary Ranking

In the United States, the name Zachary is the 5,246th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Zachary family to Ireland

Some of the Zachary family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Zachary migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Zacharys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Zachary Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Zachary, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
  • Thomas Zachary, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
Zachary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lloyd Zachary, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1725-1726 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Zachary (post 1700) +

  • Walter Lee Zachary Jr. (b. 1946), American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2015-)
  • William Christopher "Chris" Zachary (1944-2003), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1963 to 1973
  • Jonathan Thompson Walton "Tom" Zachary (1896-1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1918 to 1936
  • Mia Zachary, American author of contemporary romance novels
  • William Zachary Jr., American Republican politician, Chair of Morgan County Republican Party, 2002 [5]
  • Mrs. Walter Zachary, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1948 [5]
  • Ross Zachary, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960 [5]
  • Billy Wayne Zachary, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 3rd District, 2000 [5]
  • Annie R. Zachary, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 [5]
  • Vlad Zachary (b. 1965), former Bulgarian journalist


The Zachary 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: En bon foy
Motto Translation: In good faith.


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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