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The name Soodeley reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Soodeley family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Soodeley family lived in Gloucestershire, at Sudely.

Soodeley Early Origins



The surname Soodeley was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat at Sudely Castle. Conjecturally they are descended from the holder of these estates, Harold FitzRalph, said to be the illegitimate son of King Harold, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
but counter claims say that he was the son of the Earl of Hereford. He was granted these lands by Duke William of Normandy after the Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The Domesday Book survey of 1086 A.D., shows Harold as holding 6 mills. The Castle was erected soon after as a defense against the Welsh intrusions to the west.

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Soodeley Spelling Variations


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Soodeley Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Sudeley, Sudely, Sudly, Sodely, Soudley, Soudly, Soudely and many more.

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Soodeley Early History


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Soodeley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soodeley research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 114 and 1140 are included under the topic Early Soodeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Soodeley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Soodeley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Soodeley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Soodeley name or one of its variants: John Sudley who settled in Carolina in 1717.

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