Salesbury is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Salesbury family lived in Wiltshire
, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Salesbury family
The surname Salesbury was first found in Wiltshire
at Salisbury, a cathedral city that dates back to c. 900 when it was listed as Searobyrg. Over one hundred
years later, the Domesday Book
lists the place name as Sarisberie, much closer phonetically to today's name. The place name literally means "stronghold at Sorvio, " from the Old English words burgh + the Celtic name Sorviodunum. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the most famous cathedrals in Britain; its spire can be seen for miles. Moreover, it is now home to pages from the Magna Carta which is on public display. "Edward de Sarisberie, sometimes called Edward Vicecomes was a great tenant
in chief in Wiltshire
and other counties, at the making of the Domesday [Book]. He was a younger son of Walter de Evreux (Devereux) one of the few instances in those early times of a Norman family with a Saxon name. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Salesbury family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salesbury research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1580, 1660, 1621, 1622, 1612, 1643, 1684, 1661, 1685, 1685, 1626, 1640, 1643 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Salesbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Salesbury Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Salesbury are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Salesbury include Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Salesbury family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Salesbury (1580-1660), a Welsh
privateer in the East Indies, poet and politician born near Denbigh, North Wales
who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, Governor of Denbigh Castle; Sir Thomas Salusbury, 2nd Baronet
(1612-1643), a Welsh... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Salesbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Salesbury family to Ireland
Some of the Salesbury family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Salesbury family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Salesbury, or a variant listed above:
Salesbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Salesbury, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Salesbury Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Salesbury, aged 19, a mason, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864