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The surname Sommerville originated in "Sommerville, now Sommervieux, near Caen." [1]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)
Literally the place name meant Sumar's or Somer's estate. Sommerville is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Sommerville Early Origins



The surname Sommerville was first found in Staffordshire, where "the progenitor of the noble family was Walter de Somerville, lord of Wicknor, and of Aston Somerville, in county Gloucester, who came into England with William the Conqueror, and left two sons, who became ancestors respectively of the English and Scottish Somervilles." [2]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)
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Black notes that "William de Somerville, first of the name in Scotland, came in the train of David I, and received lands in Lanarkshire. There were five Williams in succession, the last dying in 1282. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Both of these sceneries could be true as David I of Scotland (1084-1153) was King of the Scots (1124-1153) and born 20 years after the Conquest. In Scotland, there are numerous early listings of the name in one form or another including: Robert de Sumeruilla who witnessed a charter by Duncan, Earl of Fife, to the nuns of North Berwick in 1177; Ralph de Sumervilla, acolyte, who was promoted to the church of Linton in 1255; and William Somerwele of the Plane, who was a charter witness in Edinburgh in 1492. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
In England, Jacobus de Somerwill was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Devon and Robert de Somervile and Roger de Somerville were both listed in Staffordshire during the reign of Edward I. [2]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)
An early branch of the family was found at Barton-Under-Needwood in Staffordshire. "[Barton-Under-Needwood] in Domesday Book called Bertune, gave name to one of the five wards into which the ancient royal forest of Needwood was divided. Edward the Confessor granted it to Henry de Ferrers, from whom it passed to the Somervilles, and afterwards to the earls of Derby, one of whom forfeited the property by rebellion in 1263." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Sommerville Spelling Variations


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Sommerville Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sommerville, Summervillle, Somerville, Somerfield, Somervale, Somervile, Summerville, Summervale, Sumeril, Somahan and many more.

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Sommerville Early History


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Sommerville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sommerville research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1492, 1567, 1614, 1370, 1444, 1400, 1456, 1491, 1484, 1523, 1484, 1549, 1518, 1569 and are included under the topic Early Sommerville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommerville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sommerville Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sommerville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sommerville In Ireland


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Sommerville In Ireland



Some of the Sommerville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words (8 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sommerville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Sommerville, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Thomas Sommerville, who landed in America in 1807
  • Matthew Sommerville, aged 20, landed in America in 1822
  • Andrew, Archibald, Arthur, John, Joseph, and Mathew Sommerville arrived in Philadelphia between 1822 and 1864
  • Andw Sommerville, aged 20, landed in America in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sommerville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Sommerville, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Janet Sommerville, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Donald Sommerville, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Isabella Sommerville, aged 4, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815

Sommerville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sommerville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Caroline Hannah Sommerville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Jessie White Sommerville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Nancy Catherine Sommerville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • William Sommerville, aged 46, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommerville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sommerville (post 1700)



  • Joey Sommerville, American contemporary jazz musician and producer
  • Andrew Henry Sommerville (1876-1931), 19th century American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ian Sommerville (1940-1976), American electronics technician and computer programmer
  • William Sommerville, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 12th District, 1871
  • Walter Byers Sommerville (b. 1854), American Democrat politician, District Judge in Louisiana, 1900-11; Justice of Louisiana State Supreme Court, 1911-16
  • Thomas H. Sommerville, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1920
  • Richard S. Sommerville, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1968, 1970; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Oscar C. Sommerville, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 1936
  • Leo L. Sommerville, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Colorado 4th District, 1962
  • J. B. Sommerville, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Brooke County, 1877; Member of West Virginia State Senate 1st District, 1885-88
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The Sommerville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sommerville 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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