The Sando/w/e name

The origin of the name Sando/w/e

The name has several origins internationally:

  • In Mecklenburg, Germany: the Latin form Sandoviensis (degrading to Sandovie etc) is known from mediaeval documents such as Rostock university registers, and means “a person from neighbouring Sandau-an-der-Elbe“. The modern form Sandow is pronounced ZANdoff in German.
  • In Norway, derived from the placename Sandø (sand island), anglicised spelling Sandoe  or Sando; the name was adopted widely in the 18th c. as an inherited surname in place of patronymics.
  • In England, the name was concentrated to eastern Cornwall in the 15th century, spreading westwards later, suggesting Anglo-Saxon rather than Celtic descent. Suggested origins are the village of Sandhoe in Northumberland (documented since the 12th c., remote from Cornwall, but that’s when topographical surnames would be used), or a nickname derived from Alexander. One Sandowe is known with a Northumberland connection, an archer mustering for service in Normandy in 1441.
  • In France, the name Sandeau occurs sparingly.
  • The form Sando is also know from Africa and South America.

People with all these name origins are found in countries with migrant populations like Australia and the USA, creating obvious difficulties for family historians .

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