The name Somerforthey is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in the small English town of Somerford
found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Somerforthey family
The surname Somerforthey 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 Somerforthey family
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Somerforthey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Somerforthey were recorded, including Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Somerforthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somerforthey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Somerforthey family emigrate to North America: Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.