Early Origins of the Soames family
The surname Soames was first found in Suffolk
where Earl Soham dates back to the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
as lands held by Count Alan. At that time a manor was listed on four carucates of land. Some of the family remained in Normandy
as Radulphus Sone was listed there in a census conducted 1180-95. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The same census also listed a R. Sone or Sonne in 1198. The name literally means " homestead by the pool" when translated from the Old English sae + ham.
Soham is also a small town in Cambridgeshire that has a similar lineage that dates back to before the Domesday Book. For it is here that Saegham was listed c. 1100.CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
But the name dates back further; Luttingus, a Saxon nobleman built a cathedral and palace at Soham around 900 AD, on the site of the present day Church of St. Andrews.
Early History of the Soames family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soames research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1598, 1540, 1619, 1601, 1598, 1584, 1671, 1640, 1648, 1685, 1540 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Soames History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Soames 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 Soam, Soams, Soames, Somes, Soame, Soan, Soanes and others.
Early Notables of the Soames family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Stephen Soame (c.1540-1619), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1601, Lord Mayor of London in 1598; Sir Peter Soam, Lord of the Manor of Berkesden, county Suffolk; Sir Thomas Soame (1584-1671), an English politician who... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Soames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Soames family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Soames Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Sophia Soames, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
Contemporary Notables of the name Soames (post 1700)
- Jane Soames (1900-1988), British-born American author, translator, and historian
- Scott Soames (b. 1946), American Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California
- Henry Soames (1785-1860), English clergyman and ecclesiastical historian, Chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1842
- William Aldwin Soames (1850-1916), English cricketer for Sussex in 1875
- Henry Soames (1843-1913), English cricketer who played for Hampshire in 1867, brother of William Soames
- David Michael Soames (b. 1984), English former professional footballer who played from 2002 to 2006
- Mary Soames LG, DBE, FRSL (1922-2014), Baroness Soames, born Mary Spencer-Churchill, the youngest of the five children of Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine
- Nicholas Winston Soames (b. 1948), English politician, member of the British Parliament
- Rupert Christopher Soames OBE (b. 1959), British businessman, CEO of Serco Group plc, a British outsourcing company
- Sir Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames PC (b. 1948), British Conservative Party politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (2003-2005), Minister of State for the Armed Forces (1994-1997)
- ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Soames Family Crest Products
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)