The Somerbey surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England
. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
Early Origins of the Somerbey family
The surname Somerbey was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book
as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.
Early History of the Somerbey family
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Somerbey Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Somerbey have been found, including Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Somerbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somerbey family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Somerbey, or a variant listed above: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..
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