Summerhayes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Summerhayes family

The surname Summerhayes was first found in Derbyshire at Somersall, a parish four miles from Uttoxeter. Now known as Somersall-Herbert, the parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded as Summersale. [1]

This place name literally means "nook of land of a man called Summor," from this Old English personal name + "halh." The manorial affix from the Fitzherbert family was made in the 13th century. [2]

One of the first records of the family was Jacobus de Sumereshal who was listed in 1200 in the Curia Regis Rolls for Herefordshire. Over one hundred years later, according to the Assize Rolls of Staffordshire, William de Somersale held lands there at that time. [3]

Later in Yorkshire, Somerscales was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, as was his son, John Somerscales, Jr. [4]

Somersall Hall is a small country house near Brampton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Somersal Herbert Hall is a privately owned timber-framed 16th-century country house at Somersal-Herbert, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, in England. This house was originally built by Thomas Fitzherbert, second son of Sir William Fitzherbert of Norbury c. 13th century. The present house was rebuilt by John Fitzherbert on the site of an earlier manor house in 1564.

Early History of the Summerhayes family

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Summerhayes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Summerscales, Somerscales, Sumerscales, Sommerscales, Summersgill, Sommersgill, Sumerskill, Somerskill, Summerskill, Sommerskill, Sommerscales, Somersall, Somershall, Summersall and many more.

Early Notables of the Summerhayes family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Summerhayes family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jonas Somerscales settled in Maryland in 1674.


Contemporary Notables of the name Summerhayes (post 1700) +

  • Martha Summerhayes (1844-1911), American writer and memoirist
  • Victor Samuel Summerhayes OBE (1897-1974), English botanist who was in charge of the orchid herbarium at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for 39-years
  • Katie Summerhayes (b. 1995), British silver medalist freestyle skier at the 2015 World Championships
  • Geoffrey Edwin Summerhayes (b. 1928), Australian architect, President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (1967-1968)
  • David Summerhayes, Welsh former professional footballer who played for Cardiff City (1965-1968)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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