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Somers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , German


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.



Early Origins of the Somers family


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

One of the earliest records of the family was John Somer, Semur, Somerarius ( fl. 1380), "Minorite astronomer, belonged to the Franciscan house at Bridgewater, and was probably at Oxford in 1380. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print

One of the more interesting family members was William Sommers (died 1560), who is said to have been Henry VIII's fool and a native of Shropshire and "at one time a servant in the household of Richard Fermorq of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire. Brought by his master to the court at Greenwich, 'on a holy day,' about 1525, the king is reported to have noticed favourably his witty sallies and to have installed him at once in the royal household as the court fool. According to tradition, Sommers was soon on very familiar terms with the king. He puzzled him with foolish riddles, and amused him by playing practical jokes on Cardinal Wolsey. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


Early History of the Somers family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somers research.
Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1440, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716, 1697, 1759, 1824, 1791, 1824 and are included under the topic Early Somers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Somers family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Henry Somer (fl. 1440), Chancellor of the Exchequer, probably a relative of John Somer, Clerk of the Exchequer in the early years of Henry IV; and William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire. Admiral Sir...
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Somers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Somers family to Ireland


Some of the Somers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 136 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Somers 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 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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Somers, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Somers, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Abraham and Alexander Somers, who 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, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
  • George Somers, who 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 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Somers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Somers, aged 26, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1874 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Somers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Somers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jane Somers was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundlandin 1765 [6]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, who settled in Gooseberry Cove, Newfoundland in 1800 [6]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, who 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 [7]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, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Edward Somers, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Elizabeth Somers, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Margaret Somers, aged 24, a domestic servant, who 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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Mary Somers, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Ellen Somers, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Maretta Somers, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Mary Somers, aged 17, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Somers (post 1700)


  • 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
  • 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
  • Walter Somers (1839-1917), English engineer and businessman from Repton, Derbyshire who founded Walter Somers Limited which produced military items for use by the British Admiralty during World War I
  • Robert Somers (1822-1891), Scottish journalist and author, son of Robert Somers by his wife, Jane Gordon Gibson, born at Newton Stewart in the county of Wigtown
  • Edmund Sigismund Somers (1759-1824), Irish physician, born in Dublin about 1759, the son of William Somers, a mechanic
  • 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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Somers family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Matthew Somers, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

Suggested Readings for the name Somers


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

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See Also



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. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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