Sallesbury is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sallesbury family lived in Wiltshire
, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Sallesbury family
The surname Sallesbury 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 Sallesbury family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sallesbury 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 Sallesbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sallesbury Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Sallesbury 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 Sallesbury Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sallesbury family to Ireland
Some of the Sallesbury 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 Sallesbury family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Sallesbury name or one of its variants: 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.