Sassoon Surname Genealogy
meaning happiness. However, the Sassoon
family of merchants that came from Iraq probably had different name
origins. One theory is that they had
come from the mountainous region of Sason west of Lake Van in Turkey. Another is that they can trace their ancestry
back to Spain and to the well-known Ibn Shoshan family that lived in
in infrequent numbers in Britain, America, and Argentina.
Sassoon Resources on
- Sassoon Sassoon family
Salih and his family, Iraqi Jews, were the chief treasurers to the pashas of Baghdad in
the early 1800’s.
Their son David Sassoon
fled from a new and
unfriendly vali and came to Bombay in India in 1832 with his family. In Mumbai he built up a large international
business concern, with various branches established in India, Burma,
east Asia. His wealth and
were proverbial and his business extended to China, where Sassoon House
Bund in Shanghai became a noted landmark, and then to England.
The Sassoon interests in
China devolved to Victor Sassoon who had come to Shanghai in 1923 after
been made lame in a plane accident during World War One.
Yet he was a formidable businessman and soon
became known as the king of real estate in Shanghai.
lodge and an apartment with a 360 degree view atop Sassoon House on the
Bund. Noel Coward wrote Private Lives
in forty eight hours while laid up with influenza for a weekend in
Victor Sassoon remained in China (Sassoon Road in Hong Kong was named
after him) until he sold out his interests in Shanghai in 1948 and
moved to the
Bahamas. His British interests revolved around his horse–racing
stables near Newmarket.
England. David’s son Albert carried on his father’s
work in Bombay. It was mainly through
his contributions that a colossal statue of Edward, then Prince of
erected there. In 1872 he was knighted
and in the following year the corporation of London conferred upon him
freedom of the city, he being the first Anglo-Indian to receive it. Albert’s son Edward became a British MP in
1899. The seat was then inherited by his son Philip from 1912
until his death
Another son Sassoon David
Sassoon had moved to London in 1858 and soon occupied a prominent
among the principal merchants of that city:
- his line
led to Alfred Sassoon, who was however disinherited for marrying
outside of his
faith, and to Siegfried Sassoon,
poet of the First World War.
- and to his daughter Rachel who was also
disowned for marrying
outside her faith. Her husband was
Frederick Beer, the wealthy financier. In
her will she left a generous legacy to her nephew
him to purchase his home at Haytesbury House in Wiltshire.
Then there was the line from David
Sassoon, a Jewish manuscript
collector, whose son Solomon and grandsons Isaac and David were noted
of this Sassoon family, there were a few other Sasson and Sassoon
living in England. Nathan Sassoon, of
Greek Jewish origin, deserted a family that included Vidal Sassoon who was to
become the famous hairdresser of the
America. Brooklyn has been a home for
Jews and that is where many Sassons are to be found.
The best-known is Steve
Sasson who, while working for Eastman Kodak, invented the
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
David Sassoon was the founder in Bombay
in the 1830’s of the Sassoon business empire in Asia.
Sassoon was one of the leading poets of the First World War.
Sassoon was the famous hairdresser of the 1960’s.
Steve Sasson pioneered the digital camera in 1975.
Select Sassoons Today
- 300 in the UK (most numerous
- 400 in America (most numerous in New York)
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