Solway is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the personal name Saelwig
which is an Old English word meaning prosperity war.
The personal name Saelwig was an ancient font name that was brought to England
by the Normans
. After the Norman Conquest
, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England
were found shortly after the Norman Conquest
and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.
Early Origins of the Solway family
The surname Solway was first found in Staffordshire
where "about the reign of Henry III, William Salwey was Lord of Leacroft, a hamlet in the parish of Cannock in Staffordshire; hence the family removed to Stanford in Worcestershire; of which John Salwey was owner in the third of Henry IV." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Solway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Solway research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1575, 1652, 1640, 1615, 1685, 1655, 1702, 1675 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Solway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Solway Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Solway has been recorded under many different variations, including Salwey, Sewyn, Selwyn, Selwin, Sallowaye and others.
Early Notables of the Solway family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Geoffrey Salewey of Stafford; Arthur Salwey of Stanford Court at Stanford-on-Teme, Worcestershire; his son, Humphrey Salwey (1575-1652), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Solway Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Solway family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Solway or a variant listed above: William and Thomas Salwey settled in Philadelphia in 1683.
The Solway 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: Fiat voluntas dei
Motto Translation: The will of God be done.