Anglo-Saxon name Somerfarte comes from when the family resided in the small English town of Somerford found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Somerfarte 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 Somerfarte family
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Somerfarte 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. Somerfarte has been recorded under many different variations, including Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Somerfarte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somerfarte 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 Somerfarte or a variant listed above: Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.
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