When the ancestors of the Salisbery family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Wiltshire
, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Salisbery family
The surname Salisbery 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 Salisbery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salisbery 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 Salisbery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Salisbery Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Salisbery has been recorded under many different variations, including Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Salisbery 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 Salisbery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Salisbery family to Ireland
Some of the Salisbery 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 Salisbery family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Salisberys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.