Origin of the Name Saunders
The origin of the name Saunders
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Saunders is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Alexander' and is a very old personal name. Variants of this name include Saunder, Saunderson, Sanders, Sannders and Sanderson. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Cristiana Sawndir, a Matilda Saunder, and a Johannes Saundirman, who were all recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1379. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. In Ireland this name and its variants were first introduced into Ulster Province by settlers and traders who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Saunders coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Saunders descendants.