Early Origins of the Scoresby family
The surname Scoresby was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Skawsby, held by Roger de Bully, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Scoresby family
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Scoresby Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Skawsby, Scoresby, Sorsby, Soresby, Shoresby, Skoresby, Scausby, Scauceby and many more.
Early Notables of the Scoresby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Scoresby family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Scoresby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Scoresby, who arrived in New York in 1796 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Scoresby (post 1700)
- William F. Scoresby, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 14th District, 1873 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html