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The name Sommerfeld first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the small English town of Somerford found in the county of Wiltshire.

Sommerfeld Early Origins



The surname Sommerfeld was first found in 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. [1]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.

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Sommerfeld Spelling Variations


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Sommerfeld Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sommerfeld has appeared include Somerford, Somerfield and others.

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Sommerfeld Early History


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Sommerfeld Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sommerfeld research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sommerfeld History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommerfeld Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sommerfeld Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sommerfeld 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sommerfeld arrived in North America very early:

Sommerfeld Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna and W. Sommerfeld both came to Texas in 1860
  • Leonard Sommerfeld, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1884
  • Jacob, Mathilda, and Wilhelmina Sommerfeld came to New York State in 1898

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommerfeld (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommerfeld (post 1700)



  • Kurt Joachim Sommerfeld, German engineer who developed Sommerfeld Tracking, a lightweight wire mesh type of prefabricated airfield surface used by the American and British forces during World War II
  • Sara Anita Sommerfeld (b. 1977), Swedish actress
  • Felix A. Sommerfeld (1879-1930), German secret service agent in Mexico and the United States, Chief of the Mexican Secret Service under President Francisco I. Madero
  • Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld ForMemRS (1868-1951), German theoretical physicist who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics
  • Denise Sommerfeld RN, MSN, Associate Professor at the School of Nursing in Halifax, NS
  • William Sommerfeld (1905-1998), artist and one of the founders of the Washington Art Association in Washington, Conn

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Sommerfeld Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sommerfeld 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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