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The Sowers 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.

Sowers Early Origins



The surname Sowers 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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Sowers Spelling Variations


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Sowers Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

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Sowers Early History


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Sowers Early History



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

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Sowers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sowers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sowers, who landed in Maryland in 1838
  • W Sowers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • George Sowers, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Gregory Sowers, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1894
  • James Sowers, aged 64, who settled in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sowers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Sowers, aged 32, who settled in America from England, in 1900
  • Ethel Sowers, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs Wm. B Sowers, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Margaret Sowers, aged 60, who emigrated to America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1909
  • Georgiana Sowers, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sowers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John A Sowers U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowers (post 1700)



  • George F. Sowers (1921-1996), American Civil Engineer and Regents Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Scott Sowers (b. 1963), American actor
  • Jeremy Bryan Sowers (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Roy G. Sowers Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • Rosslyn L. Sowers (1864-1951), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928; Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936
  • Neil S. Sowers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1940 (alternate), 1948
  • Frank Sowers, American politician, Burgess of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • D. H. Sowers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • Barbara J. Sowers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 35th District, 1980
  • A. H. Sowers (b. 1833), American Republican politician, Physician; Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1883-86

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Suggested Readings for the name Sowers


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Suggested Readings for the name Sowers



  • The Christopher Sauers: Courageous Printers who Defended Religous Freedom in Early America by Steve Longenecker.
  • A Thousand Doors: the History of Philip Sauer (Sowers) and His 14 Children by Ruth Sowers Owen.
  • Sowers-Martin Genealogy of Floyd County, Virginia by Erma C. Sowers.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Sowers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowers 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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