The Somersbey surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England
. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
Early Origins of the Somersbey family
The surname Somersbey was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book
as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.
Early History of the Somersbey family
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Somersbey Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Somersbey has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Somersbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Somersbey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Somersbey were among those contributors: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..
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