This surname of SADD is a name familiar to East Anglia. It was a nickname for a serious or solemn person, originally derived from the Old English word SAED, meaning weary and tired. The modern English sense 'unhappy' did not develop until the 15th century. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Roger Sad, who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Henry Sadd was documented in County Essex in the year 1299. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Other records of the name mention Seman Sadd who was recorded in County Suffolk in 1273, and William Sad appears in 1327 in Norwich. John Sadd was the prebend of Norwich in 1429. Henrie Sadd and Parnell Eaden were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1600, and Thomas Cornwall wed Hannah Sadd at Canterbury, Kent in 1667.
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