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Sommerby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Sommerby surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.


Early Origins of the Sommerby family


The surname Sommerby was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.

Early History of the Sommerby family


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Sommerby Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sommerby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Sommerby include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

Early Notables of the Sommerby family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sommerby family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sommerby or a variant listed above: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..

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