The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Soothbay family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Soothbay is thus, a local
name, which means it derived from the name of a place where members of the family once owned land or where they may have resided.
Early Origins of the Soothbay family
The surname Soothbay was first found in Lincolnshire
where Ralph of Sotby held the village and church of Sotebi from the Bishop of Bayeux. This village church is still famous for its Norman chancel arch.
Early History of the Soothbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soothbay research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1450, 1594, 1683, 1654, 1656, 1623, 1704 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Soothbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Soothbay Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.
Early Notables of the Soothbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Soothbay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Soothbay or a variant listed above: Henry and Elizabeth Southey who settled in Virginia with their children Mary and Thomas in 1623; Dan Southerby settled in Virginia in 1653; Mary Southerby settled in New England