Sowsberay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Sowsberay 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 Sowsberay family
The surname Sowsberay 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 Sowsberay family
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Sowsberay Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
Early Notables of the Sowsberay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowsberay family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Sowerby who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; William Sowersby, who arrived in New York State in 1774; and Robert Sowersby, who settled in Texas in 1844..
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