The name Sanborne is not uncommon in America, but is extremely rare
in England and all evidence points to it being one distinct family
of the name from ancient lines. All American Sanbornes are descended
from Hampton Settlers of 1639.
from Founder's Park
John, William and Stephen Sanborne
were the sons of an English Sanborne (probably William of Brimpton,
Berks) and Anne, daughter of Rev. Stephen Bachiler.
The three sons of Anne Sanborne are said to have come to America
with their grandfather Bachiler in 1632, in the ship William and
Frances, but apparently their mother
did not come over nor have we any trace of the three sons until 1639
in Hampton. (See Passenger
They went directly to Lynn, and remained there four or five
years, while the old gentleman, over 70 years of age, discharged the
duties of pastor over a church he had constituted, without regular
installation, composed of the company he brought with him, and such
of the former inhabitants of the place as chose to associate with
On account of difficulties in the church, owing in part, at
least, to Mr. Bachilor's eccentric management, his residence here
became unpleasant, and taking his company with him, and perhaps some
others, he removed to Ipswich, then to Newbury, and in 1638 settled
in Hampton, where he was regularly installed first pastor of the
congregational church in that place. Here John and William Sanborn
lived and died.
In Hampton, then including Northampton, Hampton Falls,
Southampton, Seafcrook and Kensington, and in Stratham, Exeter and
Newmarket lived their descendants for near a century, contributing
their full proportion to the bone and muscle as well as the
intelligence and enterprise of the community.
At the close of the
first century after their immigration, few of the race had passed
the limits of Old Hampton as then bounded; and to the copious and
well preserved records of that town and its church, we are indebted,
chiefly, for the reliable account we are able to give of four or
five of the first generations.
regard to the orthography of the name, there seems considerable
discrepancy of opinion. A very large majority of our name in America
write it Sanborn, but all reports I have obtained from the old world
agree in spelling it Samborne or Sambourne. Dr. Thomas Sanborn, of
Newport, N. H., who visited Europe in 1853, says, "The conclusion
arrived at is that the name of Sanborn is not to be found in the
British Isles, but the name of Samborne is to be found in Bristol
and London. Their home seems to be in Montford [?] Co., Berks,
Hampshire and Somersetshire." In Derbyshire, where our old family
tradition locates them, there are none to be found. Our early
American ancestors spelled their names variously according to fancy.
Of a coat of arms, Dr. T. Sanborn found in England, in "-Burke's
General Armory,"* two distinct copies belonging to different
individuals. We present one at the head of our article ; the other
is similar in shield and crest, but in place of the lion rampant
with five muilets, we have a chevron and three mullets. (Editor's
Note: Probably the design I found on the web, displayed below)
NOTE:It appears to be true, as the writer
states, that the name Sanborn does not exist in England, although
those bearing it in New England are doubtless of English origin. The
transition of Samborn to Sanborn is very easy, and the latter became
substituted for the former, perhaps about the period of the
emigration. It had been supposed that the name Sanborn was derived
from sand and bourne, a sandy-shore residence; but Samboum does not
admit of so easy a solution. It is most likely derived from the
parish or rather hamlet of Samborn, in Warwickshire, a place of very
little importance now, nor dues it appear ever to have been
otherwise. Its existence is traceable beyond the days of
monasteries. At the dissolution of these by Henry the VIII. that
"mauler of monasteries " gave Samborn to Robert Throckmorton, one of
his important supporters. It did not contain a monastery, but
belonged to that of Evesham. Samborn (or as it is now written)
Sambourn, is more populous than formerly, and is steadily becoming
of greater importance. It is 107 miles from London. In IS32, it had
5G3 inhabitants, and at the present time has about 700.
Reference, to persons of the name of Samborn are rarely to be met
with. The name of Sir John Sambourne appears in a recent English
work, on genealogies:.—Editor.
From Genealogy of the Sanborn family
Sanborn Family Crest
Spelling variations include: Sambourne, Sambourn,
Sanborn, Sanbounre, Sanborne, Samborn, Samburn, Sanburn,
Sandborn, Sandorne, Sanbourne, Sandbourn, Samburne,
Sandburn, Sandburne and many more.
First found in
Warwickshire where they were anciently seated as Lords
of the Manor.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of
its variants were: John, and William Samborne (sometimes
spelt Sanborn), who settled in Boston in 1632; Franklin
Sanborn, who arrived in Ontario in 1871; Martin Sanborn,
who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750.