This surname SAHL was derived from the Old French 'de Salle'. Instances of the surname are found in every important 13th century roll. The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. The name is also spelt SALE, SALES, SALLE, SAILES and SALLS. Early records of the name mention SALLE (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1185 in County Essex. Ralph de la Sale who was documented during the reign of Henry III (1216-1272). Robert de la Sale was Bailiff of Norwich in 1327 and Thomas Sales was documented during the reign of Edward III. (1327-1377). William Sales of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Henry Sales married Abigail Brabye in London in the year 1598. The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. This is also a Portugese habitation name from a Germanic personal name of uncertain origin. It has been in Portugal since the 17th century in honour of St. Francis of Sales (1567-1622) who was born at the Chateau de Sales in Savoy. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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