Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the small English town of Somerford found in the county of Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Sommerfarte family
Wiltshire where there is a Great Somerford and Little Somerford. Both date back to 937 when they were listed simply as Sumerford. By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the village was listed as Sumreford. The placename literally means "ford usable in the summer," from the Old English sumor + ford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Somerford Keynes is located in Gloucestershire and that locale dates back further to 685 when it was listed as Sumerford.
Early History of the Sommerfarte family
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Sommerfarte Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sommerfarte family name include Somerford, Somerfield and others.
Early Notables of the Sommerfarte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sommerfarte family to the New World and Oceana
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 Sommerfarte surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Geoffrey Somerford who settled in Virginia in 1654.
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