The name Somerforthay has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the small English town of Somerford
found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Somerforthay family
The surname Somerforthay 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 Somerforthay family
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Somerforthay 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 Somerforthay have been found, including Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Somerforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somerforthay 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 Somerforthay, or a variant listed above: Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.