This unusual and interesting surname has two origins; firstly, it may be of North African origin, deriving from an African byname "Safaye" meaning a charm, perhaps a tribal name. Bynames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, or habits of dress and occupation. Secondly it may be of German origin, deriving from the given name "Sabbe", a short form of the various compound names with the first elements "sache" meaning legal action, for example Sacbert and Sagebreecht. Variations in the spelling of the surname include Sap, Sapp, and Sappe. London Church Records list the marriages of Rose Saph to Richard Brandis on the 10th September 1751, at St. George's, Mayfair, Westminster, and of Henry Saph to Jane Norris on the 26th September 1867, at St. Lukes's, Chelsea. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Sapp, which was dated August 30th 1620, marriage to Janne Burton, at St. Mary Magdalene, Old Fish Street, London, during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • SAPH — nomen Gigantis, 2. Sam. c. 21. v. 18. Latine, pelvis, crater, phiala, limen; finis, vel consummatio: iuncus, vel pelagus. Dicitur et Saphai, 1. Paral. c. 20. v. 4 …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Saph —    Extension, the son of the giant whom Sibbechai slew (2 Sam. 21:18); called also Sippai (1 Chr. 20:4) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

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  • saph — en, o (G). Clear, apparent; the truth …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

  • SAPH — abbr. SAP AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT NASDAQ …   Dictionary of abbreviations

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  • A|saph|ic — «uh SAF ihk», adjective. of or having to do with Asaph, one of the chief singers in the Temple during the time of David and Solomon. He was the head of one guild of singers, the “sons of Asaph.” …   Useful english dictionary

  • saphie — saph·ie …   English syllables

  • saphenography — saph·en·og·ra·phy (saf″ən ogґrə fe) phlebography of the great saphenous vein after injection of contrast medium at the ankle …   Medical dictionary

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