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The surname Somerville 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. Somerville 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.

Somerville Early Origins



The surname Somerville 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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Somerville Spelling Variations


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Somerville 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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Somerville Early History


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Somerville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somerville 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 Somerville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Somerville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Somerville Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Somerville In Ireland


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Somerville In Ireland



Some of the Somerville 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Somerville Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Somerville who landed in America in 1685

Somerville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Somerville, who landed in Maryland in 1719

Somerville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Somerville, who arrived in America in 1811
  • John Somerville, aged 39, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Archibald Somerville, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Somerville, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Somerville who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Somerville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • George Somerville, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834

Somerville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Somerville, Welsh convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • James Somerville, a mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Somerville, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
  • Robert Somerville, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • John Somerville, aged 28, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Somerville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arch Somerville landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Hendry Somerville landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mark Somerville landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Somerville landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Andrew Somerville arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Somerville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Somerville (post 1700)



  • Bonnie Somerville (b. 1974), American actress and singer
  • Amanda Somerville (b. 1979), American singer-songwriter and vocal coach
  • Carla Somerville (b. 1973), Canadian bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1995 Pan American Games
  • John A. Somerville, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1956
  • J. H. Somerville, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mason County, 1962
  • J. Burn Somerville, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1934
  • George W. Somerville, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948; Chair of Livingston County Republican Party, 1949
  • George G. Somerville, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1944
  • E. J. Somerville, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1928
  • Delmar K. Somerville, American Republican politician, Mayor of Ravenswood, West Virginia, 1947-48
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Somerville Historic Events


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Somerville Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Paul Somerville (1975-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • John Somerville (1948-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Rosaleen Later Somerville (1948-1988), "Rosalind" Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Lyndsey Ann Somerville (1978-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Suggested Readings for the name Somerville


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Suggested Readings for the name Somerville



  • The Families Somerville, Somervaill, Summerall, Summerell, Summerill et al. by James H. Hines.

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Somerville Clan Badge


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Somerville Clan Badge




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Somerville Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Somerville
Semval, Semvale, Semvil, Semvile, Semvul, Semvyle, Simval, Simvale, Simvil, Simvile, Simvul, Simvyle, Soamaghan, Soamaham, Soamahan, Soamahand, Soamahane, Soamahant, Soamahen, Soamahend, Soamahent, Soamahind, Soamahint, Soamahyn, Soamahynd, Soamaman, Soameral, Soamerale, Soamerall, Soameril, Soamerile, Soamerul, Soamerval, Soamervale, Soamervil, Soamervile, Soamerville, Soamervul, Soamervyle, Soameryle, Soammaville, Soammeral, Soammerale, Soammerall, Soammeril, Soammerile, Soammerley, Soammerul, Soammeryle, Soemaghan and more.

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  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.
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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The Somerville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Somerville 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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