Saham is a Saxon word meaning a hamlet on the lake. Toney was added after the Norman Conquest when Roger de Toni, William the Conqueror's standard bearer became Lord of the Manor.
The village sign depicts Roger de Toni and his large white dog beside the lake, or mere.
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.