The name Songer comes from one of the family having worked as a person who was a singaere
or musician. During the Middle Ages people were identified by the type of work one did and were referred to in this manner. The traveling musician was therefore named the singaere,
and was a well known and respected figure in medieval times. He was the main entertainer at fairs and festivals and was also a source of news and idle gossip from the neighboring towns.
Early Origins of the Songer family
The surname Songer was first found in Devon
where one of the first records of the name was Lucas le Syngere who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of 1296. The same rolls listed William le Syngur one year later in Yorkshire.
Early History of the Songer family
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Songer Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Songer have been found, including: Singer, Singers, Singar and others.
Early Notables of the Songer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Songer family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Songer, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Songer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maria Songer, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Rhein" from Bremen, Germany CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFWK-5ZW : 6 December 2014), Maria Songer, 14 Sep 1905; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Rhein, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Walter Edward Songer, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJQF-5PY : 6 December 2014), Walter Edward Songer, 13 Feb 1914; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Songer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Songer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
- Nahami Songer, aged 40, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
Contemporary Notables of the name Songer (post 1700)
- Nancy Butler Songer, American Dean of the School of Education at Drexel University
- Matthew Songer, American surgeon and Chairman of the Board of Pioneer Surgical Technology, best known for having developed Songer Cable, used in spine surgeries
- Donald C. "Don" Songer (1899-1962), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1924 to 1927 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants
- Don Songer, American Republican politician, Chair of Wilson County Republican Party, 2011 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Songer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fidelitas vincit
Motto Translation: Fidelity prevails.