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This name SOUTHAN was derived from the Old English word 'sothern' the dweller at the south of the town or village. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was derived from the Old English word 'suoern', although the name originally came into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066 with William the Conqueror. Geoffrey le Sutherne of Yorkshire, documented in the year 1243, appears to be the first of the name on record. John le Sotheren appears in County Lancashire in the year 1297, and Agnes le Southeron was recorded in County Surrey in 1352. Edward Sudron of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Willelmus Sothern of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Baptised. Ann Sotherne, at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1586. John Southerine was baptised in the year 1588 at the same church. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. A notable member of the name was Thomas Southerne (1660-1746) who was the Irish dramatist, born in Ocmantown, County Dublin. From Trinity College, Dublin, he passed to Middle Temples, London and in 1682 began his career with a compliment to the Duke of York in 'The Loyal Brother'. He served a short time under the Duke of Berwick, and at his request, wrote the 'Sparton Dame'. His best plays were 'The Fatal Marriage' (1694) and 'Oroonoko'. This name can be spelt in at least twenty-five different ways.

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