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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Looking at the surname and many of its variants over the past couple of hundred years, one can only presume that this is the logical and only explanation for the surname's origin. However, let's explore some contrarian explanations. The name could have been derived from "De Someri, a baronial family. Ralph de Summeri of Normandy temp. John. From Sommeri, near Rouen. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The name could have been derived from the "personal-name Sumor but there is no evidence from the use of such a person named in the Domesday Book or later." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
This noted author continues "the surname is probably identical with the Scottish "Simmer." In Scots, somer is 'a sumpter,' [(packhorse, mule, beast of burden)]applied to men and horses alike." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
We shall leave the reader with the perplexing conundrum.

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The surname Summers was first found in Worcestershire they trace their ancestry to the manor of Whiteladies.

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.


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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 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Summers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire; Admiral Sir George Somers (1554-1610), English naval commander, knighted in 1603, leader of several successful...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Summers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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Summers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard 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
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Summers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Paul Summers U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 168 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Andrew Summers U.E. who settled in Charlottenburgh Township [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Jacob Summers U.E. who settled in Charlottenburgh Township [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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
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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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  • John William Summers (1870-1937), U.S. Representative from Washington, father of Hope Summers, the actress
  • 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
  • George William Summers (1804-1868), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1841-1843)
  • Gene Summers (b. 1939), American rock/rockabilly singer and entertainer
  • Oron Edgar Summers (1884-1953), nicknamed "Kickapoo Ed", American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1908 to 1912
  • John Junior "Champ" Summers (1946-2012), American Major League Baseball player
  • 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
  • Robert Summers (1922-2012), U.S. economist and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
  • 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
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Summers Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Summers, British Greaser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Henry Whitelaw Summers, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. 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.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

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