Surber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Surber surname evolved from any of several places so named in Northern England. The place name comes from the Old Norse "saurr," meaning "ground," and "the Old English "byr," meaning farm.

Early Origins of the Surber family

The surname Surber was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowerby and the parish, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The name was spelled in the Domesday Book as Sorebi. It was recorded in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and was described as the "king's land" with two churches. It later gave it's name to Sowerby Bridge where Branwell Bronte was born.

Early History of the Surber family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Surber research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1757, 1822 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Surber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Surber Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sowerby, Sowerbie, Sowersby, Sorebi, Soreby, Soureby, Sowerbutts, Sourbutts and many more.

Early Notables of the Surber family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Surber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Surber migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Surber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Surber, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Heinrich Surber, who landed in Carolina in 1734 [1]
  • Hendryk Surber, aged 15, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]
  • Henry Surber, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]
  • Verena Surber, aged 5, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Surber (post 1700) +

  • James P. Surber, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996 [2]
  • Clara Surber, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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