Early Origins of the Sonney family
The surname Sonney was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Stanney, held by Restald from Earl Hugh, a Norman Baron
. who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Sonney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sonney research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1289, 1435, 1504, 1584 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Sonney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sonney Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Stoney, Staney, Stanney, Sonney, Stonny, Stanny and many more.
Early Notables of the Sonney family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, KG
(1435-1504) was titular King of Mann, an English nobleman and stepfather to... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sonney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sonney family to Ireland
Some of the Sonney family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sonney family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
The Sonney 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: Nunquam non paratus
Motto Translation: Never unprepared.