The name Sowtherbay came to England
with the ancestors of the Sowtherbay family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sowtherbay family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Sowtherbay is thus, a local
name, which means it derived from the name of a place where members of the family once owned land or where they may have resided.
Early Origins of the Sowtherbay family
The surname Sowtherbay was first found in Lincolnshire
where Ralph of Sotby held the village and church of Sotebi from the Bishop of Bayeux. This village church is still famous for its Norman chancel arch.
Early History of the Sowtherbay family
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Sowtherbay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Sowtherbay has been recorded under many different variations, including Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.
Early Notables of the Sowtherbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sowtherbay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Sowtherbays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Henry and Elizabeth Southey who settled in Virginia with their children Mary and Thomas in 1623; Dan Southerby settled in Virginia in 1653; Mary Southerby settled in New England