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Where did the English Surles family come from? What is the English Surles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Surles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Surles family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Surtees, Surtes, Surties, Suyrtayse, Surteys and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat in the Barony of Gosforth, at Dinsdale on Tees before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. when the Normans were granted lands in the north.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Surles research. Another 236 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1300, and 1524 are included under the topic Early Surles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Surles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J. Surties settled in Maryland in 1704.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mao mori quam foedori
Motto Translation: Death before dishonor

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  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Surles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Surles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 March 2013 at 09:11.

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