Sotherton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sotherton family

The surname Sotherton was first found in Norfolk 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 county.

Early History of the Sotherton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotherton research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1096, 1476, 1463, 1455, 1487, 1398, 1384, 1385, 1562, 1631, 1605, 1579, 1589, 1593, 1598 and 1572 are included under the topic Early Sotherton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sotherton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sotherton, Southerton, Sotheron, Sotherson and many more.

Early Notables of the Sotherton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas de Sotheron, Lord of the Manor of Great Mitton in Lancashire; and his son, Sir John de Sotheron (died after 1398), an English landowner, lawyer and judge, who served briefly as Lord Chief Justice of Ireland (1384-1385.) He had at least two surviving children and his estate passed to his son Christopher, whose descendants remained there for several generations. The surname was later spelt Sherburne. John Sotherton (ca. 1562-1631) was an English judge, the...
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Migration of the Sotherton family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Sotherton (post 1700) +

  • Sotherton Nathaniel Micklethwait (1823-1889), English clergyman and cricketer
  • Sir Sotherton Branthwayt Peckham Micklethwait (1786-1853), 1st Baronet, British High Sheriff of Sussex in 1848; he was awarded his baronetcy in honour of him having rescued Princess Victoria when her carriage bolted during a visit to Hastings in 1834 on Facebook
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