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Summer is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Summer, a personal name given to a child who was born in the summer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Looking at the surname and many of its variants over the past couple of hundred years, one can only presume that this is the logical and only explanation for the surname's origin. However, let's explore some contrarian explanations. The name could have been derived from "De Someri, a baronial family. Ralph de Summeri of Normandy temp. John. From Sommeri, near Rouen. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The name could have been derived from the "personal-name Sumor but there is no evidence from the use of such a person named in the Domesday Book or later." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
This noted author continues "the surname is probably identical with the Scottish "Simmer." In Scots, somer is 'a sumpter,' [(packhorse, mule, beast of burden)]applied to men and horses alike." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
We shall leave the reader with the perplexing conundrum.

Summer Early Origins



The surname Summer was first found in Worcestershire they trace their ancestry to the manor of Whiteladies.

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Summer Spelling Variations


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Summer Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Summer has undergone many spelling variations, including Somers, Sommers, Summers, Sommer, Summer, Somerton, Sommerton, Sumpton, Sumption and many more.

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Summer Early History


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Summer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Summer research. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1560, 1554, 1610, 1603, 1690, 1651, 1716 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Summer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Summer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Summer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include William 'Will' Sommers (or Somers) (died 1560), the best-known court jester of Henry VIII of England from Shropshire; Admiral Sir George Somers (1554-1610), English naval commander, knighted in 1603, leader of several successful...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Summer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Summer In Ireland


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Summer In Ireland



Some of the Summer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Summer were among those contributors:

Summer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Summer, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Robert Summer, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • John Summer, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

Summer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Summer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Hans Summer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • John Jacob Summer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Jacob Summer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Herman Summer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
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Summer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Summer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Geodlobe Summer, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1860
  • Fred Summer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • Franz Summer, who arrived in America in 1880
  • Phillip Summer, who arrived in Ohio in 1886

Summer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henrietta Summer, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"

Summer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rose Summer arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Summer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Summer (post 1700)



  • Donna Summer (1948-2012), stage name of LaDonna Adrian Gaines, American five-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Summer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Summer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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