Show ContentsSalsbury History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Salsbury is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Salsbury family lived in Wiltshire, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.

Early Origins of the Salsbury family

The surname Salsbury 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. [1]

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. " [2]

Early History of the Salsbury family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salsbury research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1500, 1561, 1573, 1575, 1580, 1593, 1612, 1621, 1622, 1625, 1626, 1637, 1640, 1643, 1660, 1661, 1684 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Salsbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Salsbury Spelling Variations

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 Salsbury include Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.

Early Notables of the Salsbury family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Salisbury or Salebury 1561-1637?), Welsh grammarian, born in 1561 at Dolbelidr (now known as Ffynonfair) in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire probably the youngest son of Foulke, third son of Piers Salesbury of Bachymbyd and Rug, a branch of the Salesburys of Llewenny, Denbighshire; John Salisbury (1500?-1573), Welsh Bishop of Sodor and Man, member of the ancient family settled at Llewenny in Denbighshire, whose name was frequently spelt Salesbury or Salusbury; John Salisbury (1575-1625), Jesuit and Welsh scholar, described as a native of Merionethshire, presumably a member of the...
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Salsbury Ranking

In the United States, the name Salsbury is the 11,963rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Salsbury family to Ireland

Some of the Salsbury family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Salsbury migration to the United States +

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 Salsburys to arrive on North American shores:

Salsbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Salsbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • Edward Salsbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • William Salsbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [4]
  • John Salsbury, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [4]
  • George Salsbury, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Salsbury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Salsbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
Salsbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Salsbury, aged 29, who arrived in America in 1822 [4]

Australia Salsbury migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Salsbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Salsbury, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Waterloo" in 1840 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Salsbury (post 1700) +

  • E. Foster Salsbury, American co-developer of the Salsbury Motor Glide, a scooter with a seat above an enclosed drivetrain in 1936 and later introduced the continuously variable transmission (CVT), the first use of a CVT on a scooter
  • Jim Salsbury (1932-2002), American National Football League guard who played from 1955 to 1958

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WATERLOO 1840. Retrieved from on Facebook