England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire, at Sotebi, from which their name is derived. The surname Suddeth 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 Suddeth family
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 Suddeth family
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Suddeth Spelling Variations
hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Suddeth were recorded, including Sotheby, Sothaby, Sotherby, Southerby, Southby, Southey and many more.
Early Notables of the Suddeth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Suddeth family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Suddeth arrived in North America very early: 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 in 1755..
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