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About the Sainsbury surname
"This ancient name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname derived from Saintbury in Gloucestershire. The placename is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Svineberie"; as "Seinesbir'" in the 1203 Curia Rolls of Gloucestershire; and as "Seineburia" in the 1220 Book of Fees. The name means "Saewine's fort or (fortified) manor", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century male personal name "Saewine", composed of the elements "sae", sea, and "wine", friend, with "burg, burh", fort, often a pre-Roman site, and later usually referring to a fortified manor or town.... The modern surname forms from the original placename are Saintsbury, Sainsbury, Sainsberry and Sinisbury..." (Read the full text at surnamedb.com)
About the project
This project is not just exciting for we Sainsbury descendants, it is also exciting for anyone interested in the ancient history, not just of our sceptred isles, but of the ancient world. Exactly who were the people who founded our great family?
Many Sainsburys believe they are of Jewish descent, but of course Judaism is a religion NOT a genetic type. We are certainly Semitic... which predates Judaism. I personally believe the clue to our ancient origins is staring us in the face, it is in the name 'Sea Friends'.
Although it looks like we are actually one big extended family, geographically there are two main clusters of Sainsbury descendants: one centred in the Gloucester/Wiltshire area, descended from the Saintbury line and another in the Eastern side of London... was this second line founded much later by immigrant Jews, who chose the name Sainsbury and adopted it? Or did Saintbury descendants simply sail down the Thames to London?
All this is conjecture without Y-DNA donations from Sainsbury males to make it possible to predict deep ancestry origins.
Your next step
If YOU are a Sainsbury male you can discover relations around the world and trace your roots, by taking a Y-DNA test. These are available from numerous commercial DNA laboratories, such as DNA Ancestry, FT DNA, Genebase. Plus you can help the project by submitting your results to online databases such as Y-Search, Ybase and SMGF*.
* SMGF is a charitable foundation which enables you to contribute your DNA anonymously to their database absolutely free of charge.
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