This surname of SANDQUIST is a Danish/Norwegian and Swedish surname for someone who lived on a patch of sandy soil. The name was derived from the Old Norman word SANDRE. It is also an Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name adopted in reference to God's promise to the Jewish people that they would be as many as the grains of sand upon the shore of the sea. Other spellings of the name include SANDGREN (sand branch), SANDMARK (sand territory), ZANDBERG (sand hill), SANDHAUS (sand house), SAND, SANDE, SANDSTEIN and ZANDSZTAJN (Polish). The Swedes have in recent times combined two words together to manufacture family names to take the place of their common patronymics, terminating in BERG (mountain), STROM (stream), ALM (elm), BLAD (leaf), HED (meadow), LUND (grove), SKOG (forest) and WAHL (field), to name but a few. These words are not just any words, but are usually nature words combined for easy pronunciation. This custom has been actively encouraged by the Swedish government and there are some 56,000 combinations of the variants. Most Swedes did not adopt hereditary surnames until late, and the patronymic system was still in use in rural areas until late in the 19th century. In the absence of evidence to the contrary it is thought that people may have adopted their surname from the area in which they lived. A notable member of the name was Carl SANDBURG (1878-1967) the American poet, born in Galesburg, Illinois, of Swedish stock. After trying various jobs, fighting in the Spanish-American war, and studying at Lombard College, he became a journalist in Chicago and started to write for 'Poetry'. His 'Complete Poems' gained him the Pulitzer prize in 1950. Interested in American folksongs and ballads, he published a collection in 'The American Songbag' (1927). He also wrote a vast 'Life of Abraham Lincoln' (1926-39).
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