The name Somerfork is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the small English town of Somerford
found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Somerfork family
The surname Somerfork was first found in 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 Somerfork family
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Somerfork Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Somerfork has been spelled many different ways, including Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Somerfork family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somerfork family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Somerforks to arrive in North America: Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.