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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Somers came from the baptismal name for the son of Summer, a personal name given to a child who was born in the summer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Looking at the surname and many of its variants over the past couple of hundred years, one can only presume that this is the logical and only explanation for the surname's origin. However, let's explore some contrarian explanations. The name could have been derived from "De Someri, a baronial family. Ralph de Summeri of Normandy temp. John. From Sommeri, near Rouen. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The name could have been derived from the "personal-name Sumor but there is no evidence from the use of such a person named in the Domesday Book or later." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
This noted author continues "the surname is probably identical with the Scottish "Simmer." In Scots, somer is 'a sumpter,' [(packhorse, mule, beast of burden)]applied to men and horses alike." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
We shall leave the reader with the perplexing conundrum.

Somers Early Origins



The surname Somers was first found in Worcestershire they trace their ancestry to the manor of Whiteladies.

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Somers Spelling Variations


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Somers 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. Somers has been recorded under many different variations, including Somers, Sommers, Summers, Sommer, Summer, Somerton, Sommerton, Sumpton, Sumption and many more.

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Somers Early History


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Somers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somers research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Somers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Somers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Somers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire; Admiral Sir George Somers (1554-1610), English naval commander, knighted in 1603, leader of several successful...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Somers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Somers In Ireland


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Somers In Ireland



Some of the Somers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Somers or a variant listed above:

Somers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sir George Somers who settled in the Somers Islands (Jamaica) in 1609
  • Sir George Somers, who arrived in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • James Somers, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Somers settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham and Alexander Somers settled in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Somers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Somers arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • George Somers arrived in Philadelphia in 1753

Somers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J H Somers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • William Somers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857
  • Charles Somers, aged 26, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1874
  • Thomas Somers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Somers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jane Somers was a merchant of St. John's , Newfoundlandin 1765 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Somers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Somers settled in Gooseberry Cove, Newfoundland in 1800 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Jo Somers, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Jo Somers, aged 20, landed in Canada in 1812

Somers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Somers, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Edward Somers, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Edward Somers, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Elizabeth Somers, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Margaret Somers, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Somers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Somers, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Somers, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Ellen Somers, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Maretta Somers, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Mary Somers, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Somers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Somers (post 1700)



  • Suzanne Somers (b. 1946), born Suzanne Marie Mahoney, an American actress, author, singer and businesswoman, known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company
  • Steve Somers (b. 1947), American talk radio host
  • Richard Somers (1779-1804), American officer of the United States Navy, eponym of six US Navy ships
  • Charles Somers (1868-1934), American executive and investor in baseball
  • Brett Somers (1924-2007), Born Audrey Johnston, Canadian-born, American actress, singer, and comedienne, best known for her role as Blanche Madison opposite her real life husband Jack Klugman on The Odd Couple
  • Daryl Paul Somers OAM (b. 1951), born Daryl Schulz, Australian triple award winning Gold Logie Award winning television personality and musician
  • Karl Somers (b. 1992), Irish footballer from Finglas, Dublin
  • Harry Stewart Somers CC (1925-1999), Canadian composer
  • Bart Somers (b. 1964), Belgian politician

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Somers Historic Events


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Somers Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Matthew Somers, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Somers


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Suggested Readings for the name Somers



  • The Story of My Life by Emma Etta Somers Miller.

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Somers Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Somers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Somers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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