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 Derbyshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Sacheverell, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Zachary family

The surname Zachary was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Hopwell. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D., the village of Hopwell was held by Ralph Fitzhubert from his overlord, the Bishop of Chester. Hopwell consisted of a village, a mill, 2 churches and a fishery. Conjecturally, it was from this source the Sechevarals are originated.

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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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 [1]
  • Thomas Zachary, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Zachary Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lloyd Zachary, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1725-1726 [1]

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 [2]
  • Mrs. Walter Zachary, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1948 [2]
  • Ross Zachary, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960 [2]
  • Billy Wayne Zachary, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 3rd District, 2000 [2]
  • Annie R. Zachary, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 [2]
  • 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. ^ 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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