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Origins Available: English, Scottish


The Sowerby 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.

Sowerby Early Origins



The surname Sowerby 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.

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Sowerby Spelling Variations


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Sowerby Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sowerby has been spelled many different ways, including Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

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Sowerby Early History


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Sowerby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowerby research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1757 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Sowerby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sowerby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowerby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sowerby 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sowerbys to arrive in North America:

Sowerby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843
  • William Sowerby, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [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)
  • John Sowerby, aged 30, who settled in America from Northumberland, in 1893
  • William Sowerby, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Sowerby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Herbert Sowerby, aged 40, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Daniel Andrew Sowerby, aged 31, who emigrated to America from Carlisle, England, in 1907
  • Mary Sowerby, aged 28, who settled in America from Castledouglas, Scotland, in 1908
  • William Sowerby, aged 28, who landed in America from Penwrith, England, in 1909
  • Charles Sowerby, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sowerby Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Sowerby, aged 53, who settled in Vancouver, Canada, in 1918

Sowerby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sowerby, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowerby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowerby (post 1700)



  • Paul R. Sowerby, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1995
  • Isaac Sowerby, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1917-22
  • Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), American composer and church musician, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946
  • James Sowerby (1757-1822), English naturalist and illustrator
  • Arthur de Carle Sowerby (1885-1954), British naturalist, explorer, writer, and publisher in China
  • Frederick Oliver Newgent "Fred" Sowerby Sr. (1948-1976), Track and Field athlete from Antigua and Barbuda at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Mark Crispin Rake Sowerby (b. 1963), the Acting Bishop of Chichester and Bishop of Horsham
  • Shaun Sowerby (b. 1978), South African rugby union footballer
  • George Brettingham Sowerby III (1843-1921), British conchologist, publisher, and illustrator
  • George Brettingham Sowerby I (1788-1854), British naturalist, illustrator, and conchologist
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sowerby Historic Events


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Sowerby Historic Events




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Citations


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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

Other References

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  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Sowerby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowerby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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