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Sowle is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sowle family lived in Derbyshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Subligny, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Sowle Early Origins



The surname Sowle was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were descended from a noble who accompanied King William whose home in Normandy was at Subligny near Avranche. Richard Subligny was Bishop of Avranches. They acquired considerable estates in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset by marriage with the Painells, but their main estates were at Newton Solney which later became Soley, and Sola.

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Sowle Spelling Variations


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Sowle Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Sola, Soul, Soule, Sole, Sooley, Soole, Solley, Sollee, Soully, Sully, Soley, Solney and many more.

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Sowle Early History


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Sowle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sowle research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1595 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Sowle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sowle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowle Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sowle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sowle In Ireland


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Sowle In Ireland



Some of the Sowle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sowle or a variant listed above:

Sowle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Sowle, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
  • George Sowle, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowle (post 1700)



  • Diana Sowle (b. 1930), American actress, best known for her role of Mrs. Bucket in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Nathaniel P. Sowle (b. 1857), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighth Bristol District, 1904-06
  • Frederick D. Sowle, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighth Bristol District, 1923-24
  • Donald N. Sowle, American politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1995
  • Jennifer Sowle (b. 1977), American classically trained coloratura soprano

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. 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).
    4. 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).
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Sowle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowle 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 11:11.

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