Summerhayes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Summerhayes family

The surname Summerhayes was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1379 when John of Somerscales held the estates. Also recorded as living at that time was his son, John Somerscales, Junior.

Early History of the Summerhayes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Summerhayes research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Summerhayes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

More information is included under the topic Early Summerhayes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)


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