Where does the surname Sowring come from?

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I've updated this post thought I'd try a different angle - does anyone know where the surname Sowring may come from?

I've left the original post below. 


Looking for birth/christening information of Elizabeth (Sowring) Giles born c. 1710s c. Yorkshire?

Hi,

My 8th Great Grandmother was Elizabeth 
Sowring, she married in Leeds, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1735. I'd love to find out more about her birth/christening and surname, but I'm not finding anything.

Does anybody else know anything, or is able to find anything?

Profile: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sowring-1

in Genealogy Help by A. C. Raper G2G6 Mach 4 (46.1k points)
edited by A. C. Raper
A quick search of this surname in name finders, ancestry and familysearch suggest to me it could be a typo..... But for what? Hummm.....
Thanks for trying I searched so many possible spelling variations, and variations with wildcards for different letters but haven't found anything.

The only thing that comes up is Prussian records.

Alecia
Yep, I'm getting Prussian too, its possible, but how to prove it is a completely different matter.... Good luck, you may need to delve deep offline? :-)
Thanks for looking, unfortunately, I'm not close enough to Europe to really have any offline sources
There were a lot of people called Shewring, sometimes spelled Showering etc, in Wiltshire.  And a scattering of strays around England with variant spellings like Soring and Surring who may have been related.

That tends to happen with strays, because nobody knows how the name is spelled on its home turf, including the stray.

Immigrants from eastern Europe in Leeds, 1885 yes, 1735 very unlikely.

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I found their marriage on American Ancestors.

England: Marriages, 1538-1973. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Original index: England Marriages, 1538-1973. FamilySearch, 2014.)

So, not a typo, Lizzie.

But, sorry, Mr. Raper, no additional info found.

by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (223k points)
Thanks for trying I could only find the original FamilySearch Index too.
Hi cheryl, The wedding name is almost certainly a typo. Not uncommon in England marriages 1538-1873. I could give you countless examples where transcriptions have 'assumed' a spelling, especially lesser well known ones. Hence why this IS the only record :-)

Here is the record: 4th down in February (https://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/7/71/Raper-183-1.jpg)

I don't think its a W in the middle!
Do you reckon it could be an 'n'?, I'm not sure what else it might be
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Possibly from saur (ground, soil, dirt) https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/saur derived from the Old Norse saurr.

by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (106k points)
Matthew, do you have ancestry? The original transcript is on there and it definitely doesn't look like a W in the middle to me, I'm not great with that style of writing though! Looking at other marriages on the page I would guess an S or an N maybe??

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