The name Saulsburey was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Saulsburey family lived in Wiltshire
, at Salisbury, from where their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Saulsburey family
The surname Saulsburey 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 Saulsburey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saulsburey 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 Saulsburey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saulsburey Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Salisbury, Salesbury, Sallsbury, Salusbury and many more.
Early Notables of the Saulsburey 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 Saulsburey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saulsburey family to Ireland
Some of the Saulsburey 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 Saulsburey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Saulsburey or a variant listed above: 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.