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This name SAFFRE was originally introduced into England by the Normans in the wake of the Invasion of 1066. It came in the form of Savaric. Savaric de Maulcon, who was documented in Southampton in the year 1224, appears to be the first of the name on record. Richard Saveri was recorded in County Cambridge in the year 1273, and Savar de Claville appears in the same year in County Wiltshire. John Sauvery was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). William Savary was recorded in Wiltshire in 1605, and Elizabeth, daughter of John and Abigail Saveory (lodging at Mr. Pitman's house) was baptised at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in 1708. Elizabeth, daughter of James Saffey, was baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent in the year 1805. 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according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans.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. One of the earliest Australian novels 'Quintus Servington' (1831) was written by an English-born convict, Henry Savery (1791-1842). He had been convicted of forgery and when his death sentence was commuted he was transported to Australia in 1825. Savery was born in Butcombe, Somerset, the son of a banker, and had been a businessman and sugar refiner. In Australia he fell into debt and was again imprisoned, during which time he wrote his sketches of colonial life. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The Savorys, originally from Brittany, have been of considerable note in County Devon since the year 1500.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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