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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, who both settled in Texas in 1860
  • Leonard Sommerfeld, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1884 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jacob, Mathilda, and Wilhelmina Sommerfeld, who setted in 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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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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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