Sorsbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sorsbee 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 Sorsbee family

The surname Sorsbee 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 Sorsbee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorsbee research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1822 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Sorsbee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sorsbee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

Early Notables of the Sorsbee family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sorsbee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sorsbee family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..



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