Sothbay is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sothbay family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Sothbay 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 Sothbay family
The surname Sothbay 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 Sothbay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sothbay 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 Sothbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sothbay Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sothbay have been found, including Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.
Early Notables of the Sothbay family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sothbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sothbay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sothbay were among those contributors: 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