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The surname of SACKWILD was a locational name 'of Sanqueville' a place in France about seven miles from Dieppe. The name was brought to England with the Norman Conqueror in 1066, and the family were highly placed, being given land in England. Early records of the name mention John de Sakewyle, 1273, County Suffolk. Andrew de Sakevile was documented in County Norfolk during the reign of Edward I (1279-1307). Robert de Saccavill of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The name Sackville has not become the property of the commonalty. Bearers of this surname are members of a single family, deriving the name from a manor near Dieppe. Herbrand de Sauqueville was recorded in the Domesday Book as the holder of lands in Buckinghamshire. He is said to have received them circa 1070, from the lord of Longueville in whose household he was a steward. The family held the earldom and dukedom of Dorset, rising to prominence when John Sackville (died 1557) married into the powerful Boleyn family. The Ist Earl, Thomas Sackville (1536-1608) was second cousin to Queen Elizabeth I. She granted him an estate at Knole in Kent in 1566, and through the female line this is the family seat of the barons Sackville. The dukedom and earldom became extinct in 1843. The name continued in the female line and was adopted by the 5th Earl de la Warr after he married the daughter of the 3rd Duke of Dorset in 1813. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function of the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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