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Spelling variations of this family name include: Surtees, Surtes, Surties, Suyrtayse, Surteys and others.
First found in Durham where they were an ancient family, Barons of the Palatinate, who took their name from the residence Super Tysam, Sur Tees, Upon the river Tees, their chief seat being Dinsdale.  The principal male died out long ago, but younger branches of the family in recent generations have prospered. The Dinsdale property was lost but was repurchased in the late 1800s by the family.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Surles research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1300 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Surles History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J. Surties settled in Maryland in 1704.
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: Mao mori quam foedori
Motto Translation: Death before dishonor
The Surles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Surles 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.
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