Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from the city in Wiltshire, the
Roman name of which was Sorviodunum (of British origin). In the
Old English period the second element (from Celtic dūn
‘fortress’) was dropped and Sorvio- (of unexplained meaning)
became Searo- in Old English as the result of folk etymological
association with Old English searu ‘armor’; to this an
explanatory burh ‘fortress’, ‘manor’, ‘town’ was added. The
city is recorded in the Domesday Book as Sarisberie; the change of
-r- to -l- is the result of later dissimilation.
- English: habitational name from Salesbury in Lancashire, so named from Old
English salh ‘willow’ + burh ‘fortress’, ‘manor’.
Comments for Salisbury