Show ContentsSolly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Solly belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the county of Cheshire, where they held the estate of Sale. The surname Solly was originally derived form the Old English word soel which refers to a hall. In this case the original bearers of the surname Solly were either servants at the hall or resided near a dining hall. [1]

Early Origins of the Solly family

The surname Solly was first found in Cheshire but the family can be found throughout ancient Britain in early years. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert a la Sale. Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III lists Nicholas de la Sale, temp. 20 Edward I and William de la Sale. Robert de la Sale was Bailiff of Norwich in 1327. [2]

"About the time of Edward I., Thomas, son of William De la Sale, held twelve acres of land in Ickleford, Hertfordshire. According to Cussans, the Hertfordshire Sales hailed from Scotland nearly two centuries ago, and he mentions Francis Sale, a gentleman who was married at Ashwell in 1694." [3]

Early History of the Solly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Solly research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1675, 1670, 1671, 1697, 1736, 1734, 1612, 1682, 1652, 1655, 1659 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Solly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Solly Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Solly include Sale, Sail, Sales, Salle, Salley, Sally, Sallete, Sallett and many more.

Early Notables of the Solly family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sayle (c. 1590-1675), English explorer and later settler of the Bahamas, the first governor of colonial South Carolina from 1670-1671; and George Sale (1697-1736), English Orientalist and solicitor, best known for his 1734 translation of the Qur'an into English and as author of...
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Ireland Migration of the Solly family to Ireland

Some of the Solly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Solly migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Solly were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Solly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Solly, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1836 [4]
  • George Solly, who arrived in Arkansas in 1872 [4]
  • Martin Solly, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Ireland, in 1892
  • S. E. Solly, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Cori Solly, aged 19, who landed in America from London, in 1898
Solly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • G. R. Solly, aged 36, who settled in America from Kingston, in 1906
  • Herbert A. Solly, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Dorothy Solly, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Michel Solly, aged 22, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Arthur J. Solly, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from Congleton, England, in 1909
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Australia Solly migration to Australia +

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

Solly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Solly, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John Solly, British Convict who was convicted in Sandwich, Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Solly, (b. 1804), aged 36, British Ploughman who was convicted in Kent, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [7]

New Zealand Solly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Solly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary E. Solly, aged 30, a nurse, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Solly (post 1700) +

  • William F. Solly, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1896 [8]
  • Thomas Solly (1816-1875), English philosophical writer, eldest son of Thomas Solly of Blackheath, Kent
  • Samuel Solly (1805-1871), English surgeon, born in Jeffrey Square, St. Mary Axe, son of Isaac Solly, a Baltic merchant
  • Edward Solly (1819-1886), English chemist and antiquary, born in London
  • Henry Solly (1813-1903), English social reformer
  • Isaac Solly (1769-1853), London merchant in the Baltic trade, brother to Edward Solly
  • Edward Solly (1776-1844), English merchant living in Berlin who amassed an extensive collection of Italian Trecento and Quattrocento paintings
  • Robert Henry Solly (1859-1932), Australian politician
  • Sir Solly Zuckerman OM KCB FRS (b. 1904), Baron Zuckerman, South African-born, British biologist who is best remembered as a scientific advisor to the Allies on bombing strategy in the Second World War
  • Solly Zuckerman OM KCB FRS (1904-1993), Baron Zuckerman, South African-born, English public servant, zoologist

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. 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)
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  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook