. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the
as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of
, 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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of this family name include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.
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..