This uncommon name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, found chiefly in the East Anglian regions. Sabberton or Saberton are the usual surname forms of the placename Sapperton, examples of which are to be found in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and Sussex. The first three of these places are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Sapertune, Sapletorne" and "Sapretone", respectively, while the Sussex Sapperton is recorded in 1210 as "Sabertona". All of these places share the same meaning and derivation, which is "the settlement of the soap-makers", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sapera", soap-makers, from "sape", soap, with "tun", enclosure, settlement.
Most modern bearers of the surname, especially in East Anglia, derive their name from the place in Lincolnshire, because there was extensive migration from that region in connection with the medieval wool-trade. Examples of the surname from Church Registers include: the christening of Margaret, daughter of Robert Sabberton, on May 4th 1615, in Downham, Suffolk, and the marriage of William Sabberton and Mary Draper at Wentworth, Cambridgeshire, on April 24th 1616.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Wylliam Saberton, which was dated September 29th 1566, witness at the christening of his daughter, Anne, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603.
Most surnames have only one or possibly two sources of origin, this surname is different - it has five! These maybe summed up as (in order of likelihood), a derivative of the pre-medieval personal name 'Saher' or 'Seir', which itself is a short form of the Norman name 'Sigiheri' introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. This itself has a Germanic ancestry and loosely translates as 'victory - army'.
The second possible origin is from the medieval occupational name for a wood cutter, 'sayhare', although the usual surname is now 'Sawyer'.
The third is from Middle English 'say(en)' or 'seycen', to say, and literally means a professional reciter, one whose occupation was to read or recite both prose and poetry, and no doubt news and gossip as well.
The fourth origin is from the medieval occupation of assaying metals or tasting food, derived from the Old French 'essay', meaning a trial or test. The correct spelling in Middle English was 'assayer', which appears to have beeb foreshortened. The plural spelling of the name is a patronymic form, meaning 'son of Sayer', whilst the variants include Sayer, Sayre, Saer, Sare, Seyer, Sear, Seares, Sears, Seer, etc. An unusual recording is that of William Sayers, who emigrated to Virginia, leaving London on the ship 'Bonaventure' in January 1634. He was therefore one of the earliest of the Colonists to America. The Coat of Arms granted in Cornwall in 1620 by James I, has the blazon of a gold field, charged with three gold cinquefoils on a back cotised bend.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard le Saer, a witness, which was dated 1204, in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire, during the reign of King John, known as 'Lackland', 1199 - 1216.
This most interesting surname with spellings Sindall, Sindell, Syddall, Siddell etc., is English. It has two possible origins. Firstly it may be of locational origin from either "Sindalls", a hamlet in West Sussex or "Siddal", the name of a place in Lancashire and Yorkshire. These placenames are composed of the Anglo-Saxon elements "sid", meaning wide, and "halh", a nook or recess. The name may also be a metonymic occupational name for a merchant dealing in fine silk, or from an undertaker from the old French and Medieval English "Sendal", linen shroud. Janet Sydell, of Fullwood appeared in the Lancashire Wills at Richmond in 1563. The earliest recordings of the name in London Church Registers is on August 31st 1572 when one John Syndall married Jone Hartley at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. On March 1st 1583, one Margarett Sydnall married a Richard George at St. Michael's, Cornhill, London. John Sindall, son of John and Mary Sindall was christened on June 11th 1672, at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Sydall, which was dated 1379, in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Richard II, known as "Richard of Bordeaux", 1377 - 1399.
Recorded in several forms including Snowden, Snowdon, Snodin, Snoding, Snoden and Snowding, this is a surname of English origins. It is locational from any of the places called Snowden in West Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, or Snowdon in Devonshire, but not Snowden mountain in Wales. All derive from the Old English pre 7th century word 'snaw', meaning snow, and 'dun', meaning hill, the general meaning of the place name is 'The hill where snow lies long'. The places called Snow Hill in Berkshire, and Snow End in Hertfordshire were also formerly called 'Snowden', and they may have given rise to surnames. Early examples of the recordings include Matthew de Snoudon of Somerset in 1278, Elizabeth Snoden of Kent in 1551, Sara Snoddin also of Kent in 1655, Ellen Snodin in the registers of the city of London in 1677, Elizabeth Snowdin and Ann Snowding also of London in 1695. The marriage of Thomas Snowden and Helen Abbey was recorded at the church of St. Martin and St. Gregory, in the city of York, on November 25th 1593.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Snewedon. This was was dated 1277, in the Fines Court Rolls of Essex, during the reign of King Edward I known as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307.
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Recorded in a surprising number of spellings including Soth, Sother, Sotheron, Southers, Southern, South, Soutt, Soot, Soots, Sowte and Zute (!), this ancient English surname is residential. It describes someone who came from 'the south'. This may have been the south of England, but just as likely was simply 'the south of the village'. The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'suth' meaning 'south, similar regional surnames being North, East and West. In the period after the 1066 Norman Invasion through to the end of feudalism in the Middle Ages, people were not encouraged to travel. Those few that did and particularly when they stayed, were given as easy identification the name of the place or region from whence they came, and this became their surname.
Spelling being primitive and local accents 'thick' led to many variant forms of the same name. In this case early recordings include Robert de Sotherun in 1243 and Isabella South in the 1297 "Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall", Henry Le Suthereen in the 1325 Court Rolls of Suffolk, and William del South of Yorkshire in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls. Other recordings include John Sute, christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, in 1564, James Zute, who married Elizabeth Curzon at St Giles Cripplegate in 1565, and Thomas Soote, christened at St Dunstans on October 19th 1645. Edward Lytton Sothern, (1856 - 1887) was probably the first actor to have a world wide reputation.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de la Sothe, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls" of Devonshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.
This is a British surname, although of Greek origins. Introduced into England in particular after the famous Crusades of the 12th century, it is one of the patronymic forms of the male given name Steven or Stephen, deriving from the Greek word "stephanos" meaning "crown" or "wreath". In ancient Greece athletic champions were crowned with a wreath of laurels in recognition of their victories, and, no doubt, many victors would have named their sons Stephanos to commemorate their achievements.
It was a popular name throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages, having been borne by the first Christian martyr. The name was particularly appropriate in this instance as martyrdom was regarded by Christians as a victory. "Stefanus", the Latinized form of the name, is recorded without surname in the English Domesday Book of 1086, whilst the surname first appears in the latter half of the 13th Century, when Robert Stephen of Cheshire appear in 1260, and Agnes Stiven of Berkshire in 1279. The patronymic forms Stevens and Stephens are recorded at that time also (see below).
One of the earliest colonists to New England was Robert Stevens aged 22, who embarked from London on the ship "Planter" in 1634. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alice Stevenes. This was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire", during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307.
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