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Sommers is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Summer, a personal name given to a child who was born in the summer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Looking at the surname and many of its variants over the past couple of hundred years, one can only presume that this is the logical and only explanation for the surname's origin. However, let's explore some contrarian explanations. The name could have been derived from "De Someri, a baronial family. Ralph de Summeri of Normandy temp. John. From Sommeri, near Rouen. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The name could have been derived from the "personal-name Sumor but there is no evidence from the use of such a person named in the Domesday Book or later." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
This noted author continues "the surname is probably identical with the Scottish "Simmer." In Scots, somer is 'a sumpter,' [(packhorse, mule, beast of burden)]applied to men and horses alike." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
We shall leave the reader with the perplexing conundrum.

Sommers Early Origins



The surname Sommers was first found in Worcestershire they trace their ancestry to the manor of Whiteladies.

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Sommers Spelling Variations


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Sommers 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 Sommers 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. The variations of the name Sommers include: Somers, Sommers, Summers, Sommer, Summer, Somerton, Sommerton, Sumpton, Sumption and many more.

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Sommers Early History


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Sommers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sommers research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Sommers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sommers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire; Admiral Sir George Somers (1554-1610), English naval commander, knighted in 1603, leader of several successful...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sommers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommers In Ireland


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Sommers In Ireland



Some of the Sommers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Sommers or a variant listed above:

Sommers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sommers, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Sommers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Sommers, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • George Sommers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henry Sommers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Sommers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Sommers, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Charles G Sommers, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Christian Sommers, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • W Sommers, who landed in America in 1845
  • Joh H Sommers, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sommers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sylvan Sommers, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902

Sommers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Denis Sommers, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommers (post 1700)



  • Sergeant Major Archibald Sommers, the first member of the United States Marine Corps to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major in 1801
  • Rudolph Sommers (1886-1949), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jack William Sommers (1917-1975), American NFL football offensive lineman
  • Joseph Andrews Sommers (1866-1908), American former professional baseball catcher in the National League from 1887-1890
  • Dennis James Sommers (b. 1940), retired American Major League Baseball catcher, manager and coach
  • Bruce Dale Sommers (1943-2012), American radio personality, known by his nickname "The Truckin' Bozo"
  • Christina Hoff Sommers (b. 1950), American author and former philosophy professor
  • Stephen Sommers (b. 1962), American screenwriter and film director, best known for The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns
  • Josef Sommers (b. 1934), American film actor
  • Robert Sommers (1837-1919), American sailor in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Sommers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sommers 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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