If you search the internet you will find several versions of the Sanders Family Crest or Coat Of Arms. Following are examples and some information about Crests and Coat Of Arms. Note that some versions of the crest have an elephant's head and some have a bull's head ( I am not sure what that says about the Sanders!). The crest with a dragon is not from any "official" description but was designed by Curt Sanders for his family (www.curtsanders.com).
Sanders / Saunders Family Motto
We have found 2 different versions of a family "motto" associated with the various crests:
1. "Spes Mea In Deo"
meaning "My Hope Is In God".
2. "Genitum Secredere Mundo" meaning "Born Of Heaven".
Interesting that both have a religious connotation.
Description By Thomas Homer Saunders Of His English Coat of Arms:
"Gules an Cheveron Ermine batween in Chief two Double-headed Eagles displayed (SAUNDERS of DEVONSHIRE) and in base a Lion Rampant crowned Or (SAUNDERS of HAMPSHIRE and OXFORDSHIRE) a Fleur de Lys (FOWKE of STAFFORDSHIRE) batween two Bull's Heads (SAUNDERS of SURREY) cabossed of the first, on a Chief of the third two Elephants Heads (SAUNDERS of WARWICKSHIRE) erased Sable and for the Crest on a wreath of the colours in front of a Demi Lion Rampart Or, holdin in the mouth a SPRIG of ALISAUNDRE (cutting of the Smyrnium Olusatrum, or ALEXANDER THE GREAT plant as shown in the Crest of SIR THOMAS SAUNDERS, MP HIGH SHERIFF of SUSSEX and SURREY, 1553) two This-tles leaved and slipped (representing the Scotch descent on her mothers side of his wife LILIAN) proper".
Description Of The Anderson Saunders Esq. "Coat Armor" (early 1700's)
- a Cheveron [chevron] between three elephants' heads, erased sable
[black], on the chief gules [red] a sword erected, broken pointed,
raper [proper?] between two plates: and for his Crest on a helmet,
befitting his degree, an elephant's head issuing out of crown murel
[mural], argent, charged with an ogress mouth, gules double argent.
An "Official" Version The Derivation Of The Saunders / Sanders Name
The name "Saunders"
is from Saxon origin in the British Isles. The word comes from the
phrase, "belongs to Alexander." The shortened word, "Alexander's"
pronounced without the "x" became "Alesanders's." Throughout the
ages the word became Saunders, pro-nounced as "Sahnders" and finally
written, Saunders. (Definition by: The Society of Genealogists,
See articles: Sanders Origins and Saunders History
(1) Disclaimer Regarding Family Crests And Coats Of Arms:
"...there is no such thing as a 'family coat-of-arms' or a 'family crest'; even in the event that one can trace his or her lineage to a family that was granted such an honor. To use arms one must officially apply for its use only after the correct 'differencing' has taken place. There may be an exception when it can be proved that the applicant is a direct male descendant of the original armiger. The mere coincidence of one's surname being the same as a person who was granted arms is no indication of family relationship, nor does it indicate any right to arms. In the United States it is no crime to display arms and related insignia if one wishes. However, it should be understood that such a display is purely decorative."
From the book by James C. Neagles "The Library of Congress: A Guide to Historical & Genealogical Resources"
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