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The saga of the name Sumner follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a "summoner", a petty officer who cited and warned people to appear in court. The surname Sumner is derived from the Anglo-French words somenour and sumenour, which in turn were derived from the Old French words somoneor and semoneor, which mean summoner.

Sumner Early Origins



The surname Sumner was first found in Oxfordshire at Bicester where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Sumner Spelling Variations


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Sumner Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sumner were recorded, including Sumner, Sumners and others.

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Sumner Early History


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Sumner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sumner research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1797, 1848, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Sumner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sumner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sumner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sumner 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sumner family emigrate to North America:

Sumner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Sumner who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630, along with Elizabeth and Henry
  • Eliz Sumner, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Mary Sumner settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Mary Sumner, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Roger Sumner, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1657
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sumner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Sumner, who landed in Georgia in 1743

Sumner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. Sumner settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Cyrus Sumner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • G Sumner, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Sumner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Sumner, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Sumner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Sumner, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • William Sumner, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Sumner, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • George Sumner arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • Mary Sumner arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sumner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Sumner arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sumner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sumner (post 1700)



  • Charles Edward "Charlie" Sumner (1930-2015), American football player and coach
  • Jethro Exum Sumner (1733-1785), Brigadier General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Thomas Waldron Sumner (1768-1849), American architect and government representative in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Thomas Hubbard Sumner (1807-1876), American sea captain, best known for developing the celestial navigation method known as the Sumner Line or line of position, eponym of the USS Sumner (AG-32/AGS-5)USNS and the Sumner (T-AGS-61)
  • Allen M. Sumner (1882-1918), American officer in the United States Marine Corps, eponym of the Allen M. Sumner-class destroyers, including the USS Sumner (DD-333) and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692)
  • Charles Sumner (1811-1874), American politician and senator from Massachusetts
  • Joseph Burton Sumner (1837-1920), American politician, eponym and first mayor of Sumner, Mississippi
  • John Daniel Sumner (1924-1998), American singer and songwriter
  • William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), American sociologist and political economist
  • Gordon Matthew Sumner CBE (b. 1951), English Rock musician, known by the nickname "Sting", recipient of sixteen Grammy Awards, and an Oscar nomination for best song
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sumner Historic Events


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Sumner Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sumner, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Sumner, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Quincy, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible

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Suggested Readings for the name Sumner


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Suggested Readings for the name Sumner



  • The Benson Family Records by Fred Harvey Benson.
  • Sumner Family History and Genealogy by George W. Moore.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In medio tutissimus ibis
Motto Translation: Thou wilt go safest in the middle.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. 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.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  11. ...

The Sumner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sumner 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.

This page was last modified on 24 November 2016 at 11:07.

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