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Early Origins of the Sermon family

The surname Sermon was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The question of whether this relates to a preacher or a knight is still unresolved. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1312 when Richard and Ralph Sermoner held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Sermon family

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Sermon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sermon, Sirmon, Surman, Surmon, Sirman, Serman and others.

Early Notables of the Sermon family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • William Sermon (1629?-1679), an English physician who was 'nearly related' to one Edmond Sermon, a native of Naunton-Beauchamp, Worcestershire[1]...

United States Sermon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sermon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Sermon, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [2]
  • Elizabeth Sermon, who settled in Maryland in 1681

Australia Sermon migration to Australia +

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

Sermon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Sermon, (b. 1799), aged 21, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sermon (post 1700) +

  • William Sermon, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956, 1960; Mayor of Independence, Missouri, 1961 [4]
  • Roger T. Sermon (1890-1950), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Independence, Missouri, 1924-45; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940, 1948 [4]

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook