The name Salisberay arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Salisberay family lived in Wiltshire
, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Salisberay family
The surname Salisberay 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 Salisberay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salisberay 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 Salisberay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Salisberay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Salisberay 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 Salisberay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Salisberay family to Ireland
Some of the Salisberay 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 Salisberay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Salisberay or a variant listed above were: Robert and David Salisbury settled in Virginia in 1654; Roger Salisbury settled in Virginia in 1638; Richard Salisbury settled in Maryland in 1684; William Salisbury settled in Virginia in 1623.