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The surname Somervell originated in "Sommerville, now Sommervieux, near Caen." [1]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)
Literally the place name meant Sumar's or Somer's estate. Somervell is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Somervell Early Origins



The surname Somervell was first found in Staffordshire, where "the progenitor of the noble family was Walter de Somerville, lord of Wicknor, and of Aston Somerville, in county Gloucester, who came into England with William the Conqueror, and left two sons, who became ancestors respectively of the English and Scottish Somervilles." [2]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)
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Black notes that "William de Somerville, first of the name in Scotland, came in the train of David I, and received lands in Lanarkshire. There were five Williams in succession, the last dying in 1282. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Both of these sceneries could be true as David I of Scotland (1084-1153) was King of the Scots (1124-1153) and born 20 years after the Conquest. In Scotland, there are numerous early listings of the name in one form or another including: Robert de Sumeruilla who witnessed a charter by Duncan, Earl of Fife, to the nuns of North Berwick in 1177; Ralph de Sumervilla, acolyte, who was promoted to the church of Linton in 1255; and William Somerwele of the Plane, who was a charter witness in Edinburgh in 1492. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
In England, Jacobus de Somerwill was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Devon and Robert de Somervile and Roger de Somerville were both listed in Staffordshire during the reign of Edward I. [2]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)
An early branch of the family was found at Barton-Under-Needwood in Staffordshire. "[Barton-Under-Needwood] in Domesday Book called Bertune, gave name to one of the five wards into which the ancient royal forest of Needwood was divided. Edward the Confessor granted it to Henry de Ferrers, from whom it passed to the Somervilles, and afterwards to the earls of Derby, one of whom forfeited the property by rebellion in 1263." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Somervell Spelling Variations


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Somervell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sommerville, Summervillle, Somerville, Somerfield, Somervale, Somervile, Summerville, Summervale, Sumeril, Somahan and many more.

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Somervell Early History


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Somervell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somervell research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1492, 1567, 1614, 1370, 1444, 1400, 1456, 1491, 1484, 1523, 1484, 1549, 1518, 1569 and are included under the topic Early Somervell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Somervell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Somervell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Somervell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Somervell In Ireland


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Somervell In Ireland



Some of the Somervell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Somervell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Somervell, who arrived in Maryland in 1719

Somervell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Somervell, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Susan Somervell, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Henry Somervell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Somervell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Somervell (post 1700)



  • Brehon Burke Somervell (1892-1955), American General in the United States Army and Commanding General of the Army Service Forces in World War II
  • Alexander Somervell (1796-1854), American soldier who led the Somervell Expedition into Mexico (November 1842-February 1843)
  • Alexander Somervell (1796-1854), American politician, Member of Texas Republic Senate from District of Colorado and Austin, 1836-38
  • William Henry Somervell (1860-1934), English businessman, philanthropist and Liberal politician
  • Theodore Howard Somervell OBE FRCS (1890-1975), English surgeon, mountaineer, painter and missionary, member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s, recipient of a gold Olympic medal for mountaineering in 1924
  • Donald Bradley Somervell OBE, PC, QC (1889-1960), Baron Somervell of Harrow, a British barrister, judge and Conservative Party politician, Home Secretary in 1945, Attorney General for England and Wales (1936-1945), Solicitor General for England and Wales (1933-1936)
  • David Churchill "D.C." Somervell (1885-1965), British historian, best known for his abridgement of Arnold J. Toynbee's A Study of History
  • Sir Arthur Somervell (1863-1937), English composer, best known for his song cycles such as Maud (after Tennyson, 1898) and for his choral works The Forsaken Merman (1895), Intimations of Immortality (1907), and The Passion of Christ (1914)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  7. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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The Somervell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Somervell 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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