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

Summers is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Summer, a personal name given to a child who was born in the summer. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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Summers has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Somers, Sommers, Summers, Sommer, Summer, Somerton, Sommerton, Sumpton, Sumption and many more.

First found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Whiteladies, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Summers research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716, 1697 and are included under the topic Early Summers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Summers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Summers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Summerss to arrive on North American shores:

Summers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Alex Summers, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Roger Summers, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Edw Summers, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • Mary Summers, who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • Ann Summers, who arrived in Maryland in 1674


Summers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richd Summers, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Henry Summers, who landed in New England in 1714
  • Jacob Summers, who landed in North Carolina in 1764
  • Bartholomew Summers, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Jannet Summers, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1775

Summers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel S Summers, who arrived in New York in 1800
  • Peter Summers, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Thomas Summers, who arrived in Virginia in 1836
  • John D Summers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1838
  • James Summers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Summers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Bridget Summers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Benjamin Summers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Martin Summers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1841

Summers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Sarah Summers, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Samuel Summers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Jane Summers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849
  • Lloyd Summers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849
  • Hannah Summers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Derwent" in 1849


Summers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mr Summers landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Clydeside
  • Andrew Summers, aged 22, a baker, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Jessie Summers, aged 22, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • William Summers, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Elizabeth Summers, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876


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  • William Reed "Bill" Summers (1895-1966), American Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1933 to 1959
  • Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers (b. 1954), American economist, former Secretary of the Treasury
  • Robert Summers (1922-2012), U.S. economist and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Summers (b. 1940), American painter and sculptor
  • William Ray "Bill" Summers (1935-2011), American car builder who with his brother Bob designed and built the Goldenrod, which held the wheel-driven land speed record from 1965 to 1991
  • John Junior "Champ" Summers (1946-2012), American Major League Baseball player
  • Oron Edgar Summers (1884-1953), nicknamed "Kickapoo Ed", American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1908 to 1912
  • Gene Summers (b. 1939), American rock/rockabilly singer and entertainer
  • George William Summers (1804-1868), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1841-1843)
  • Hope Summers (1896-1979), born Sarah Hope Summers, an American character actress, best known for her role as Clara Edwards on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD

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  • Carolina Summers by Mildred J. Miller.
  • The Sommer, Sommers, Somers and Summers that Missed the Boat by William Clark Summers.
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The Summers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Summers 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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