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Summerton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Summerton family


The surname Summerton 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.

Early History of the Summerton family


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Summerton Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Summerton family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Summerton family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Summerton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Summerton, who arrived in Maryland in 1732
  • Hester Summerton, who arrived in Virginia in 1746

Summerton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Gayton Summerton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • Edward Summerton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • Emily Summerton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • George Summerton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • Frederick Summerton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Summerton (post 1700)


  • Jonathan Summerton (b. 1988), American race car driver
  • Michael Summerton (1943-2009), English actor and talent agent, one of the original Dalek operators in Doctor Who
  • Laura Summerton (b. 1983), maiden name of Laura Hodges, an Australian professional basketball player

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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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm

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