Sommersby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sommersby 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 Sommersby family

The surname Sommersby 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 Sommersby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sommersby research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1822 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Sommersby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sommersby Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sommersby has been recorded under many different variations, including Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

Early Notables of the Sommersby family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sommersby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sommersby family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sommersby 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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