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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Sanders Name
Spelling variants include Saunders, Saunder, Saunderson, Sander, and Sanderson. It is a baptismal name of Anglo-Saxon descent meaning “son of Alexander”, which is an ancient personal name, originally used in Greece meaning “defender of men”. Some early Europeans named their sons after Alexander the Great of Macedonia, and the name was shortened to Zander (in German) and Alisandre (in French), which was then anglicized to Sanders or Saunders.
One source claims its origin is from the village of Sanderstead in Greater London. Another believes it’s a patronymic from Sander in the English, Scottish, and North German languages. One author claims this surname is more prevalent in the south of England “from the Humber to the Dee”, and that it is best represented in Devon, Dorset, and Cambridgeshire.
County Wicklow in Ireland was the first area the name was found in. The family was granted lands by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, for the help they provided him in his invasion of Ireland in 1172 AD.
Sir Harloven Saunders was recorded as coming to England in 1370 AD and descended from Lord Insbruck (Tyrol, Austria) from the Holy Roman Empire.
Early notables include William Sandre of Kent (1316 AD) and Richard Saunder of Stafford (1332 AD), as well as John Alisaundre in Sussex (1296 AD).
Early settlers in America include Cathrania Sanders who settled in Pennsylvania in 1796 and Albert Sanders who came to New York in 1866. Others include John Sanders, from Wiltshire, who sailed to Massachusetts in 1628 and settled in the city of Salem, as well as Tobias Saunders, who founded the town of Westerly in Rhode Island, who emigrated from Buckinghamshire in 1643. In Virginia, in the latter part of the seventeenth century, a Captain Nathaniel Saunders, a merchant from the city of Bristol, arrived and had many descendants in the area.
The family motto is Nil conscire sibi nulli pallescere culpae, meaning “To be conscious of
(no guilt) to oneself, to grow pale for no crime”. Another motto is Solem ferre possum, which means “I can bear the sun”.
Bernard Burke’s “The Landed Gentry” has a section on the Sanders of Sanders Park. It claims the branch was formerly seated at Sandersted in England and was established in Ireland in the era of the Commonwealth with ancestry tied to Lord Broghill, the Earl of Orrery. Noted marriages include Thomas Sanders to Mary Charlotte (daughted of Richard Dukeworth Dunn) in 1861, William Sanders of Charleville to Tamsine Knight, Christopher Sanders to Sarah Stevelly, and William Sanders to Elizabeth Andrews in 1806 AD.
There are English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, and German versions of the coat of arms.
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes1) (or Saunders). (Dinton, co. Buckingham; Brixworth, Cottesbrook, East Haddon, Harrington, Stresham, and Welford, co. Northampton). Per chev. ar. and sa. three elephants’ heads erased counterchanged. Crest—An elephant’s head erased sa. Another Crest—An elephant’s head erased per chev. sa. and ar. armed or. Another Crest—An elephant's head erased sa. eared and armed ar.
2) (Sandersted, Sanders’ Place, and Charlwood, co. Surrey; a very ancient family in that county, the parent stock of Sanders, of Lullington, Caldwell, and Little Ireton, co. Derby, and Tenby, co. Pembroke. Watkin de Sandersted, temp. Edward the Confesser, gave the advowson of Sandersted to Hyde Abbey, by Winchester, for the souls of his ancestors; he was succeeded by his brother, Stephens Sanders, who held Sandersted, according to Domesday Book, before the arrival of William I. from Normandy. William Sanders, of Charlwood, temp. Henry VI., m. Joan, dau. and co-heir of Thomas Carew, of Beddington, со. Surrey; his great-grandson; Sir Thomas Sanders, Knt., of Charlwood, had a confirmation of his arms and crest, 1553. A descendant of the Charlwood family, Thomas Saunders Esq., E.I.C.S., m. a dau. of William Gyll, Esq., of Wyrardsbury, co. Bucks, and had an only dau. and heir, m. to the Rev. George Goodere). Sa. a chev. erm. betw. three bulls' heads cabossed ar., quartering Salemon, Collenden, and Carew. Crest—A demi bull per pale gu. and sa. eared and horned ar. and or, counterchanged, about his neck a collar gemel ar. supporting betw. his feet a stalk of alisaunder, leaved vert, budded or.
3) (Lullington and Little Ireton, co. Derby, and co. Chester, 1478; descended from Thomas Sanders, b. 1478, seventh son of Richard Sanders, of Charlwood, co. Surrey, who settled in co. Derby 1526). Same Arms as Sanders, of Sandersted, differenced with a rose gu. on the chev. Crest—A demi bull ramp. gu. armed or. Non bos in lingua.
4) (co. Essex). Ar. three fleurs-de-lis sa. on a chief of the second as many fleurs-de-lis of the first.
5) (Maidstone, co. Kent). Sa. a chev. betw. three elephants’ heads erased ar. a chief embattled or.
6) (Uxbridge, co. Middlesex). Sa. a chev. betw. three elephants’ heads erased ar. a chief or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, an elephant's head ar. eared gold.
7) (Sheriff co. Northampton, temp. Queen Elizabeth). Per pale sa. and ar. three elephants’ heads counterchanged.
8) Ar. a fess dancettée betw. three crosses crosslet fitchée gu.
9) Or, a fess dancettée betw. three crosses botonnée fitchée gu.
10) Per fess indented or and az.
11) (Sanders Park, co. Cork; allowed by Betham, Ulster, 1840). Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three elephants’ heads erased sa. on a chief az. a dagger erect ppr. pommel and hilt or, within two bezants. Crest—Out of a mural crown an elephant’s head ppr. charged with a bezant. Motto—Nil conscire sibi nulla pallescere culpa.