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Sowerbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Sowerbay 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 Sowerbay family


The surname Sowerbay 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 Sowerbay family


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Sowerbay Spelling Variations


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sowerbay include Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

Early Notables of the Sowerbay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sowerbay family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sowerbay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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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