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Surface is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Surface family lived in Roxburghshire, Scotland.

Surface Early Origins



The surname Surface was first found in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat. It is believed that this family were amongst the many Norman families in dispute with King Stephen of England, who followed David, Earl of Huntingdon north to Scotland, where, upon being crowned King of Scotland, granted many of his followers wide tracts of land in lowland Scotland about 1140. The ancient seal of the family shows a Virgin and Child.

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Surface Spelling Variations


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Surface Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Service, Surface, Serfaes, Servas, Servaes, Serveas, Servais, Services, Serfice and many more.

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Surface Early History


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Surface Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Surface research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Surface History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Surface Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Surface Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Surface or a variant listed above:

Surface Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nichs Surface, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Philip Surface, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Frederick Surface, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Surface Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth A. Surface, aged 49, who arrived in Decatur, Illinois, in 1913
  • Blanche Surface, aged 26, who arrived in Decatur, Illinois, in 1913
  • Wm. E. Surface, aged 49, who arrived in Decatur, Illinois, in 1913
  • Cora May Surface, aged 45, who arrived in Oakland, Ohio, in 1914
  • Ira E. Surface, aged 53, who arrived in Oakland, California, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Surface (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Surface (post 1700)



  • W. H. Surface, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1944
  • C. W. Surface, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1916

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Surface Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Surface 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 27 June 2016 at 16:04.

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