The origins of the Sudbery name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of the settlements called Sudbury in the counties of Derbyshire
, Middlesex, and Suffolk
. The surname Sudbery belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Sudbery family
The surname Sudbery was first found in Suffolk
at Sudbury, a borough and market-town, and the head of a union, locally in the hundred
of Babergh. "This place, originally called South Burgh, is of great antiquity, and at the period of the Norman survey was of considerable importance, having a market and a mint. A colony of the Flemings who were introduced into this country by Edward III. for the purpose of establishing the manufacture of woollen-cloth, settled here, and that branch of trade continued to flourish for some time. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The Domesday Book
survey in 1086 A.D. list Sudbury as being held by William the Chamberlain and Otto the Goldsmith from the King. The village consisted of a mill, a market, 2 horses, 24 pigs, and 120 sheep. It is the site of the ancient church of St. Gregory's founded by St. Felix in the 7th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
One of the first records of the names was Hugh de Suthberia who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1159. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Robert de Sudbyr in Norfolk; and Ralph de Sudebyre in Essex
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Sudbery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sudbery research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1431, 1375 and 1381 are included under the topic Early Sudbery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sudbery Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sudbery were recorded, including Sudbury, Sudbery, Sudberry, Sudberey and others.
Early Notables of the Sudbery family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sudbery family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sudbery family emigrate to North America:
Sudbery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Sudbery who settled in Virginia in 1638