Sours History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sours family

The surname Sours was first found in Austria, where the name was an integral part of the feudal society which would shape modern European history. Many prominent branches of the family would strive to make this name renowned as they contributed to the social, economic and political affairs of the region. The family, which originated from the Sau river region, became prominent in local affairs in the Krain, Carinthian, and Styrian regions. Dieteri Galleri was the first to take on this name, and according to chronicles, appeared under the name Caspar Sauer as early as 1313. They branched into many cadet houses which played important roles in the national conflicts, as each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Sours family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sours research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1630, 1648, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Sours History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sours Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sauer, Sauerer, Sour, Sourer, Sauers, Sours, Zauer and many more.

Early Notables of the Sours family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Sours were Georg Sauer von Kosiach, who became in 1556 the general of the Croatian border and commander of Carlstadt. His brother was a general...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sours Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sours migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sours Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William H. Sours, aged 55, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Bermudian" from Hamilton, Bermuda [1]
  • Nellie Sours, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Bermudian" from Hamilton, Bermuda [2]
  • Edwin W. Sours, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Lucia P. Sours, aged 40, arrived in New York, New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Vera Cruz, Mexico [4]
  • Lawrence Sours, aged 10, arrived in New York, New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Vera Cruz, Mexico [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sours (post 1700) +

  • Paul J. Sours, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Denver, Colorado, 1904-12 [6]
  • Lowell Sours (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Grand Traverse County, 1915-18 [6]
  • John Sours, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [6]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFHS-R36 : 6 December 2014), Wm H. Sours, 15 Dec 1905; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Bermudian, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFHS-R3X : 6 December 2014), Nellie Sours, 15 Dec 1905; citing departure port Hamilton, Bermuda, arrival port New York, ship name Bermudian, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFD4-J5Q : 6 December 2014), Edwin W. Sours, 29 Sep 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Umbria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJJK-WZJ : 6 December 2014), Lucia P. Sours, 22 Jul 1910; citing departure port Vera Cruz, Mexico, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJJK-WZV : 6 December 2014), Lawrence Sours, 22 Jul 1910; citing departure port Vera Cruz, Mexico, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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