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Southerby is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Southerby family lived in Lincolnshire, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Southerby is thus, a local name, which means it derived from the name of a place where members of the family once owned land or where they may have resided.

Southerby Early Origins



The surname Southerby was first found in Lincolnshire where Ralph of Sotby held the village and church of Sotebi from the Bishop of Bayeux. This village church is still famous for its Norman chancel arch.

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Southerby Spelling Variations


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Southerby Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Southerby have been found, including Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.

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Southerby Early History


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Southerby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southerby research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1450, 1594, 1683, 1654, 1656, 1623, 1704 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Southerby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Southerby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Southerby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southerby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Southerby were among those contributors:

Southerby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Dan Southerby, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Dan Southerby, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Southerby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Southerby, who settled in New England in 1755

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