The name Sotton arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sotton family lived in Somerset
, at Sutton Montague.
Early Origins of the Sotton family
The surname Sotton was first found in Nottinghamshire
where they were descended from Dreu de Montaigu who came into England
at the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. in the train of the Count of Mortain. His first seat was at Sutton Montague in Somerset
, and the family later acquired Sutton upon Trent near Tuxford in Nottingham
, where they became Lords of the manor and the Barons Dudley.
"Sutton-upon-Trent gave name to this ancient family, the first upon record being Roland, son of Hervey, who lived in the reign of Henry III., and married Alice, daughter and coheiress of Richard de Lexington." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
There are countless listings of the place name throughout Britain in the Domesday Book with various spellings due to the literal meaning of the name "south farmstead or village." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) The parish Averham in Nottinghamshire was an ancient family seat.
"At the time of the siege of Newark, many skirmishes occurred here; and in 1644, the ancient manor-house, then belonging to Robert Sutton, Lord Lexington and Baron of Averham, and which had been the residence of the family from 1250, was destroyed." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
However, the church in Averham and Kelham still hold many relics and several ancient memorials to the Suttons. Some of the church windows date back to 1220. On the south wall is a mural monument, adorned with cherubs and armorial bearings, to the memory of the Right Hon. Robert Lord Lexington, having descended from "ye ancient family of ye Suttons."
Kelham Hall has been the present family seat since it was built in the 1860s.
Early History of the Sotton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotton research.Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1414, 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1388, 1391, 1394, 1397, 1399, 1400, 1487, 1428, 1440, 1487, 1425, 1483, 1460, 1532, 1380, 1406, 1310, 1359, 1342, 1397, 1406, 1401, 1594, 1668, 1625, 1640 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Sotton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sotton Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sutton, Suton, Suttone and others.
Early Notables of the Sotton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Sutton (died 1414), of Lincoln, Lincolnshire
, an English politician, one of the wealthiest and most influential merchants in Lincoln, a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England
for Lincoln in 1381, 1382, 1383, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1388, 1391, 1394, 1397 and 1399... Another 172 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sotton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sotton family to Ireland
Some of the Sotton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sotton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sotton or a variant listed above: Ambrose Sutton who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1640; Annis Sutton settled in Virginia in 1639; Dorothy Sutton settled in Barbados in 1679.
The Sotton 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: Pour y parvenir
Motto Translation: To accomplish it.