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The history of the Sommer name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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.

Sommer Early Origins



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

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Sommer Spelling Variations


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Sommer Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sommer family name include Somers, Sommers, Summers, Sommer, Summer, Somerton, Sommerton, Sumpton, Sumption and many more.

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Sommer Early History


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Sommer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sommer research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Sommer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sommer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire; Admiral Sir George Somers (1554-1610), English naval commander, knighted in 1603, leader of several successful...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sommer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommer In Ireland


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Sommer In Ireland



Some of the Sommer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sommer surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Sommer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Sommer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Adam Sommer, who came to Philadelphia in 1728
  • Michael Sommer came to Philadelphia in 1737
  • Michael Sommer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Hans Henrich Sommer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sommer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dieterson Sommer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Wilhehnina Sommer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Joh Gerh Herm Sommer, who landed in America in 1834
  • Joh Heinr Sommer, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Rosina Sommer, aged 43, arrived in America in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sommer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Sommer, who landed in Alabama in 1915

Sommer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Sommer came to Canada in 1783

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommer (post 1700)



  • Timothy Andrew Sommer, American musician, record producer
  • Richard Olen Sommer II (b. 1978), American actor best known for his portrayal of Harry Crane on the AMC series Mad Men
  • William R. Sommer, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956
  • Peter R. Sommer (b. 1938), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 1987
  • Geb Sommer, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1988, 1990, 1992
  • Frank H. Sommer (b. 1872), American politician, Delegate to New Jersey State Constitutional Convention from Essex County, 1947
  • Edwin J. Sommer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952 (alternate), 1956, 1960
  • Chrissy Sommer, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 106th District; Elected 2012
  • Brett M. Sommer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 29th District, 2000
  • Bernard Sommer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 1954
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Sommer


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Suggested Readings for the name Sommer



  • Lineage and Descendants of Joseph Sommer and Elisabeth Barbe Garber by Grace Hildy.
  • The Sommer, Sommers, Somers and Summers that Missed the Boat by William Clark Summers.

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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. 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.
  11. ...

The Sommer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sommer 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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