NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 61
SUDDABY This surname of Hull and district is the same as the East Riding name Sotheby in meaning, and probably shares its origin. I combine notices of the two.
William de Sotheby, named in connection with a property in High Street, Hull, 1349
Nicholas Suthaby listed on a roll of Holderness landholders, 1359
William Suthiby and wife, Robert Suthaby and wife, plus two others of the name, in “Southburton” (i.e., Bishop Burton), Poll Tax, 1381
Thomas Sotheby, master of the Charterhouse in Hull, 1514, would have been a clergyman
John Suddaby in Pocklington, early 16th century. His daughter married, 1542, Thomas Appleyard, Mayor of York (also from an East riding family). The Sotheby family of gentry status was of Birdsall and Pocklington.
Mary, Samuel and William Sudaby (sic) were assessed for tax in Hull, 1695
Thomas Suddaby, son of William Suddaby, waterman of Knottingley (West Yorkshire), apprenticed to Gardner Eggington in Hull, February 1813 (Hull Register of Apprentices). The Knottingley waterman must have had Hull connections.
John Sotheby (1740-1807), eponym of the auctioneering firm, was of the Sothebys of Pocklington.
Sotheby/Suddaby looks like a specific place name, but is usually explained as denoting someone who lived at the south end of some unknown settlement (compare Oxtoby, below). the “Penguin Dictionary of British Surnames” (John Titford, 2009), tells us that “… by the late nineteenth century [Sotheby] had become very scarce, with a minimal presence in the south-west of England; Sotherby, almost as scarce, could then be found in the north-west; Suddaby is an East Yorkshire variant.”