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Summerson Early Origins



The surname Summerson was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Somerton held by William de Noyers, a Norman Baron who held 33 manors from the King and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. William de Noyers was descended from the Counts of Nevers in Normandy.

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Summerson Spelling Variations


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Summerson Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Somerton, Summerton, Somerton, Sumerton, Sumorton and many more.

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Summerson Early History


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Summerson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Summerson research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1177 and 1230 are included under the topic Early Summerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Summerson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Summerson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Summerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Samuel James Summerson, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Darlington, in 1904
  • Chas. H. Summerson, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Summerson, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Annie Summerson, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Lily Summerson, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Wallsend, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Summerson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Summerson (post 1700)



  • Hugo Hawksley Fitzthomas Summerson (b. 1950), British Conservative politician
  • Sir John Newenham Summerson CH CBE (1904-1992), British architectural historian

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Summerson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Summerson 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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