Sorbie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Sorbie surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
Early Origins of the Sorbie family
The surname Sorbie was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.
Early History of the Sorbie family
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Sorbie Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sorbie include Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Sorbie family (pre 1700)
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Sorbie migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sorbie or a variant listed above:
Sorbie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Sorbie, who settled in Texas in 1844
Sorbie migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Sorbie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Jane Sorbie, (b. 1857), aged 22, Scottish dairy maid, from Midlothian travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 28th August 1879 
Contemporary Notables of the name Sorbie (post 1700) +
- John Sorbie (1740-1813), Scottish progenitor to many of the North American descendants
- Trevor John Sorbie MBE (1949-1972), Scottish celebrity hairdresser, Artistic Director for Vidal Vidal Sassoon in 1972
- Dr. Charles Sorbie (1931-2010), Scottish-born Canadian professor and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
- Andrew Sorbie Haddow, Scottish professional association football player from Glasgow
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