Sothebay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sothebay family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Sothebay 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 Sothebay family
The surname Sothebay 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 Sothebay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sothebay 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 Sothebay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sothebay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.
Early Notables of the Sothebay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sothebay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Sothebay 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