The surname Sands is found in England, Ireland and Scotland. When found in Scotland it is an habitational name from Sands in Tulliallan in Fife.In England and Ireland the name Sands is a topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Saudes, which was dated 1205, Curia Rolls of Surrey, England. In St. Margaret's, Westminster, on November 18th 1630, one Thomas Sands married Mary Sandsberry. Today there are approximately 18,500 bearers of the surname Sands living in The United States.

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