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

Southey is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Southey family lived in Lincolnshire, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Southey is thus, a local name, which means it derived from the name of a place where members of the family once owned land or where they may have resided.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Southey include Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where Ralph of Sotby held the village and church of Sotebi from the Bishop of Bayeux. This village church is still famous for its Norman chancel arch.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southey research. Another 145 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1450, 1594, 1683, 1654, 1656, 1623, 1704 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Southey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Southeys to arrive on North American shores:

Southey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Southey, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry and Elizabeth Southey who settled in Virginia with their children Mary and Thomas in 1623
  • Mrs. Southey, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Ann Southey, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624

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  • Robert Southey (1774-1843), English poet
  • Caroline Anne Southey (1786-1854), English poet, second wife of Robert Southey
  • Reginald Southey (1835-1899), English physician
  • Robert Southey (1774-1843), English romantic poet
  • Sir Richard Southey KCMG (1808-1901), South African colonial administrator and cabinet minister
  • Colonel Richard George Southey CB CMG (1844-1909), South African colonial military commander


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The Southey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Southey 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 5 September 2013 at 14:40.

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