The Souersbay surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England
. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
Early Origins of the Souersbay family
The surname Souersbay was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book
as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.
Early History of the Souersbay family
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Souersbay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Souersbay include Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Souersbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Souersbay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Souersbay or a variant listed above: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..
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