Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the small English town of Somerford found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Soemerfeard family
Wiltshire where there is a Great Somerford and Little Somerford. Both date back to 937 when they were listed simply as Sumerford. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was listed as Sumreford. The placename literally means "ford usable in the summer," from the Old English sumor + ford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Somerford Keynes is located in Gloucestershire and that locale dates back further to 685 when it was listed as Sumerford.
Early History of the Soemerfeard family
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Soemerfeard Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Soemerfeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Soemerfeard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Soemerfeard were among those contributors: Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.
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