Early Origins of the Sonya family
The surname Sonya was first found in Berkshire 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 lands and village of Sonning, held by Roger from the Bishop of Salisbury, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Sonya family
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Sonya Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sonning, Sonnin, Sonin, Soning, Sunning, Suning, Sunin, Souning, Sounin, Sonninges, Somin, Somings and many more.
Early Notables of the Sonya family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sonya 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Sonya (post 1700)
- Jessica Sonya Dicicco (b. 1980), American actress, voice actress, and singer
- Sonya Taaffe, American author of short fiction and poetry
- Sonya Louise Hartnett (b. 1938), Australian children's book author, awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2008
- Sonya Sones, American poet and author, known for her books What My Mother Doesn't Know and Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
- Sonya Dorman (1924-2005), pen name of Sonya Dorman Hess, American poet
- Sonya Kitchell (b. 1989), American jazz singer-songwriter
- Sonya Hardcastle (b. 1972), New Zealand netballer
- Sonya Naryshkin MD,
- Sonya L. Margerum, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1996 CITATION[CLOSE]
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Sonya Family Crest Products
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html