When the ancestors of the Soammerset family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in the county of Somerset,
to which their name is a reference.
Early Origins of the Soammerset family
The surname Soammerset was first found in Somerset
where "this is one of the few instances of a surname having been borrowed from a title. Henry Beaufort, third Duke of Somerset
(great-grandson of John of Gaunt), who was beheaded in 1463, for his adherence to the cause of King Henry Vi., left issue a natural son, Sir Charles Somerset
, Knight of the Garter. He was elevated to the peerage, and his lineal descendant, Henry Marquis of Worcester, was created Duke of Beaufort in 1682. Thus in the same blood, the surname and the title have changed places, and instead of Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, we have Somerset, Duke of Beaufort." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Apart from this ironic twist of fate, we found the following in early rolls: Walter de Sumerset in Lincolnshire
in 1206; John de Somersete in 1331 in Wiltshire; and Edmund Somerset
in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1545. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
William de Somersete was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 in Shropshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Soammerset family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soammerset research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1476, 1507, 1601, 1667, 1629, 1700, 1654, 1667, 1660, 1698, 1677, 1679, 1677, 1679, 1629, 1700, 1630 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Soammerset History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Soammerset Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Soammerset has been recorded under many different variations, including Somerset, Somersett, Sommerset and others.
Early Notables of the Soammerset family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Elizabeth Somerset, 3rd Baroness Herbert (c.1476-1507), the sole heir and daughter of William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke; Viscount Somerset; Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester (1601-1667), an English nobleman involved in royalist politics, and an inventor; Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort... Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Soammerset Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Soammerset family to Ireland
Some of the Soammerset family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Soammerset family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Soammersets were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Richard Somersett who settled in Jamaica in 1663; William Somerset
settled in Virginia in 1684; Robert Somerset
arrived in Philadelphia in 1834.
The Soammerset Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mutare Vel Timere Sperno
Motto Translation: I scorn to change or fear.