The ancestors of the bearers of the Sudburay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in one of the settlements called Sudbury in the counties of Derbyshire
, Middlesex, and Suffolk
. The surname Sudburay 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 Sudburay family
The surname Sudburay 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 Sudburay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sudburay research.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1431, 1375 and 1381 are included under the topic Early Sudburay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sudburay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sudburay include Sudbury, Sudbery, Sudberry, Sudberey and others.
Early Notables of the Sudburay family (pre 1700)
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sudburay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sudburay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sudburay or a variant listed above: Robert Sudbery who settled in Virginia in 1638.