Somes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Somes family
The surname Somes was first found in Suffolk where Earl Soham dates back to the Domesday Book  as lands held by Count Alan. At that time a manor was listed on four carucates of land. Some of the family remained in Normandy as Radulphus Sone was listed there in a census conducted 1180-95. 
The same census also listed a R. Sone or Sonne in 1198. The name literally means " homestead by the pool" when translated from the Old English sae + ham.
Soham is also a small town in Cambridgeshire that has a similar lineage that dates back to before the Domesday Book. For it is here that Saegham was listed c. 1100.
But the name dates back further; Luttingus, a Saxon nobleman built a cathedral and palace at Soham around 900 AD, on the site of the present day Church of St. Andrews.
Important Dates for the Somes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somes research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1598, 1540, 1619, 1601, 1598, 1584, 1671, 1640, 1648, 1685, 1540 and 1575 are included under the topic Early Somes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Somes Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Somes are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Somes include Soam, Soams, Soames, Somes, Soame, Soan, Soanes and others.
Early Notables of the Somes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Stephen Soame (c.1540-1619), an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1601, Lord Mayor of London in 1598; Sir Peter Soam, Lord of the Manor of Berkesden, county Suffolk; Sir Thomas Soame (1584-1671), an English politician who sat...
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Somes migration to the United States
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Somes, or a variant listed above:
Typical Somes Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Somes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Morris Somes, who landed in New England in 1664 
Somes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Somes, who settled in Virginia in 1727
- Sarah Somes who landed in New England in 1745
Somes migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Somes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Elizabeth A Somes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 
- Miss Louisa E Somes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 
- Mr. Samuel Somes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 
- Miss Hannah Somes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 
- Mr. Samuel Somes, Jr., British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 
Contemporary Notables of the name Somes (post 1700)
- Daniel Eton Somes (1815-1888), American Republican politician, Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 1855-56; U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1859-61 
- Michael Somes (1917-1994), English dancer, assistant director of the Royal Ballet
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- ^ 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)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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