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Saddler Coat of Arms / Saddler Family Crest

Saddler Coat of Arms / Saddler Family Crest

The surname of SADDLER was derived from the Old English SADOL - a name of occupation, a maker of saddles, an important craft in its day, known throughout the country, and mentioned in many medieaval records. Early records of the name mention Simon le Sadelere of the County of Sussex in 1288. Peter le Sadelare of Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1296. John le Sadeler of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Sadeler of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Sadler and Jane Hogge were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1612. The name was taken early to Scotland and Michael Saddeler, burgess of Roxburgh, made a grant to the Abbey of Kelso, circa. 1330, and appears to be the first on record there. John Sadlare was the owner of a tenement in Edinburgh in the year 1425. John Sadillare was a witness in Brechin in 1497, and Nicol Sadillar witnessed a charter in Linlithgow in 1533. The name is also spelt as Sadler and Sadtler. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on 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 flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of surnames to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary surnames before they came to England, but there is evidence that surnames would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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