Sowers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Sowers family

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.

Early History of the Sowers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowers research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1822 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Sowers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sowers Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sowers family (pre 1700)

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United States Sowers migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • W Sowers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • George Sowers, aged 42, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Margaret Sowers, aged 60, who immigrated 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.)

Canada Sowers migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]

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 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • Neil S. Sowers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1940 (alternate), 1948 [3]
  • Frank Sowers, American politician, Burgess of Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, 1960 [3]
  • D. H. Sowers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912 [3]
  • Barbara J. Sowers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 35th District, 1980 [3]
  • A. H. Sowers (b. 1833), American Republican politician, Physician; Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1883-86 [3]


Suggested Readings for the name Sowers +

  • 3044 "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.

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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