Sanborn Family
(Founding Family of Hampton, N.H.)

Sanborn Stone from Founder's Park
Hampton, N.H.

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.

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 List)

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 them.

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.

In 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 General Information

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.



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