Southall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Southall family

The surname Southall was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time.

Early History of the Southall family

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Southall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Southall, Southalls, Southell, Southal and others.

Early Notables of the Southall family (pre 1700)

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Southall Ranking

In the United States, the name Southall is the 10,558th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Southall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Southall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martha Southall, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [3]
  • William Southall, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
Southall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Solomon Southall, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]

Australia Southall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Southall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Southall, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Peter Southall, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Southall, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Southall migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Southall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Southall, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand heading for Wellington on 16th April 1857 [7]
  • Alfred Southall, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [8]
  • Mr. Johnathon William Southall, (b. 1856), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Southall (post 1700) +

  • Robert Goode Southall, American politician and lawyer, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1903-1907)
  • Brian Michael Southall (b. 1982), American guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, vocalist, producer, and band manager
  • Valentine Wood Southall (1789-1861), American politician who represented Albemarle County in the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker of the House (1840-1842) and (1844-1845)
  • Patricia Annette "Pat" Southall (b. 1971), American former beauty queen, Miss Virginia USA (1993) founder and spokesperson of Treasure You
  • Valentine Wood Southall (1790-1861), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861 [9]
  • S. V. Southall, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1876 [9]
  • Robert Goode Southall (1852-1924), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1888; Member of Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia 4th District, 1903-07 [9]
  • Mark T. Southall (b. 1911), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960; Member of New York State Assembly, 1963-74 [9]
  • J. B. Southall, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1928 [9]
  • Herman Southall, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 [9]
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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