Sorry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sorry family

The surname Sorry was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Sorry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorry research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1664 and 1653 are included under the topic Early Sorry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sorry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sawrey, Sawrie, Sowrey, Sowrie, Sorry, Sarry and many more.

Early Notables of the Sorry family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sorry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sorry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sorry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Sorry, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [1]


The Sorry 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: Dictis Factisque Simplex
Motto Translation: Simple in Words and Deeds.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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