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Sara Coat of Arms / Sara Family Crest

The surname of SARA was derived from the Hebrew 'Sara' a name meaning 'the princess'. The name is also spelt as Sare, Sarra and Sayer. There is also a place called Sarre in the County of Kent, from where the original bearer may have derived his name or it may have been an ancient English river name. Early records of the name mention SERRAE (without surname) who appears in Kent in the year 761. SARRA (without surname) documented in London in the year 1160. Benedictus filius Sarre, was documented in the County of Norfolk in the year 1169 and William Sara appears in the year 1273 in County Gloucestershire. Alan Sare was listed in 1296 in County Sussex, and Adam Sarre, County Essex, 1317. Edward Sara was documented in County Somerset during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Surnames as we recognise them today are believed to have been introduced by the Normans after the Invasion of 1066. The first mention of such names appears in the Domesday Book and they were progressively adopted between the 11th and 15th centuries. It was the nobles and upper classes who first assumed a second name, setting them apart from the common people who continued to use only the single name given to them at birth. It was not until the reign of Edward 11. (1307-1327) that it became common practice to use a secondary name, originally a name reflecting the place of birth, a nickname, an occupational name or a baptismal name which had been passed on from a parent to the child, as an additional means of identification. A later instance of the name included Taylor Sare and Elizabeth Fountain who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1789. 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.

The associated coat of arms is recorded in Rietstaps Armorial General.

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Last Updated: January 15th, 2021

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