Sorbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Sorbie family

The surname Sorbie was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sorby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The first record of the name was in the Wigtonshire now called the parish of Sorby. Many of the family moved from here to the parish of Stonehouse, Lanarkshire. Sorbie is a small village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Sorbie Tower lies in Wigtownshire, about a mile out of the village of Sorbie on the Garlieston Road. The old stone structure is in ruins today but stands close to Sorbie Motte, an earlier Pictish wood fort dating back to the 1100's.

Important Dates for the Sorbie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorbie research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Sorbie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sorbie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sorby, Sorbie, Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby and many more.

Early Notables of the Sorbie family (pre 1700)

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Sorbie migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sorbie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Sorbie, who settled in Texas in 1844

Sorbie migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sorbie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Sorbie, (b. 1857), aged 22, Scottish dairy maid, from Midlothian travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 28th August 1879 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sorbie (post 1700)

  • John Sorbie (1740-1813), Scottish progenitor to many of the North American descendants
  • Trevor John Sorbie MBE (1949-1972), Scottish celebrity hairdresser, Artistic Director for Vidal Vidal Sassoon in 1972
  • Dr. Charles Sorbie (1931-2010), Scottish-born Canadian professor and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Andrew Sorbie Haddow, Scottish professional association football player from Glasgow

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