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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
  • 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 [1]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)



  • Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), American composer and church musician, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946
  • 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
  • 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




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Curzon Sowerby (b. 1915), English Writer serving for the Royal Navy from Orpington, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sowerby, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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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