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Multiple Origins for the Surname Sommer


German


The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Sommer family. Nickname surnames, such as Sommer, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Sommer is a name for a person born in the summer. The name comes from the Old German word "sumar," which means "summer."

Sommer Early Origins



The surname Sommer was first found in the region of Lower Franconia, where the name acquired a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. They later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries. They were always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

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Sommer Spelling Variations


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Sommer Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Sommer include Sommer, Sommers, Summers, Somer, Somers and others.

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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 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1800, 1814, 1832, and 1846 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)



Prominent among members of the name Sommer in this period include Franz Joseph von Sommer (d. 1832), who published an innovative work on military training and took part in the 1814 campaign in France; Carl, his oldest son, was in the service of...

Another 43 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sommer or a variant listed above:

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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Sommer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:16.

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