The origins of the Sotwell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Southwell found in the county of Nottingham.
Early Origins of the Sotwell family
The surname Sotwell was first found in Nottinghamshire
where "the family are of great antiquity as lords of Southwell, till the reign of Henry VI. They afterwards settled in Norfolk
, whence the ancestor of Viscount Southwell removed to Ireland temp.
James I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Henry de Suthwell was listed in Nottinghamshire
in 1360 as was Richard Sowthwell in 1451. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Richard de Southwell was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk
in 1474. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
was an ancient family seat
. "The manor was formerly the property of the Southwell family, of whom Sir Richard was chancellor to Edward VI., and Sir Robert secretary for Ireland
in the reign of Charles II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Sotwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sotwell research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1595, 1504, 1564, 1694, 1678, 1682, 1689, 1912, 1635, 1702, 1690, 1688, 1667, 1729, 1671, 1730, 1665, 1720, 1695, 1713, 1698, 1766, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Sotwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sotwell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sotwell were recorded, including Southwell, Sothwell and others.
Early Notables of the Sotwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Southwell (c.
1561-1595), also known as Saint Robert Southwell, an English Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit Order, canonized by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sotwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sotwell family to Ireland
Some of the Sotwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 235 words (17 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 Sotwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sotwell family emigrate to North America: Susannah Southwell who settled in Maryland in 1775; George and Thomas Southwell arrived in Pennsylvania in 1855. In Newfoundland, William Southwell settled in St. John's in 1830.
The Sotwell 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: Nec male notus eques
Motto Translation: A knight not badly known.