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Early Origins of the Sumray family

The surname Sumray was first found in Staffordshire where during the reign of Henry II., John de Somerie acquired the Barony of Dudley in that county by marrying Mawyse, sister and heir of Gervase Paganell. Their great-great-grandson, Sir John de Somerie, Member of Parliament (1308-1322) died without issue. His castles and lands were passed on to his sisters, one of which married John de Sutton. 1

The family were originally from Seine, Normandy and held estates there at Normanville. They were Barons and also held estates from the Count of Eu. Someries (Summeries) Castle is located in the parish of Hyde, near Luton, Bedfordshire. The castle name is thought to have been derived from William de Someries, who had a residence on site. While it is nominally named a castle, the structure is more of a manor home but fell to disrepair over the years to the point that some of the bricks were used by local villagers. The site was reopened in 2008 and is open to the public.

"Thomas and Simon Sorel then held of the Earl Warren; Thomas gave some lands to Sibton Abbey in Suffolk; which were afterwards confirmed by Simon his brother. John Quirel, alias Sorel, and Agnes his wife were benefactors of Castleacre Priory in 1257. - Blomfield’s Norfolk. In the Rotulus Magnus Pipæ of the reign of Henry I., I find entered William Sorell of Suffolk." 2

Early History of the Sumray family

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Sumray Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Somery, Sommery, Summery, Sumery, Summary, Sumary, Somary, Sommary, Summory, Somory, Somry, Sommry and many more.

Early Notables of the Sumray family

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Migration of the Sumray family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3 on Facebook