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This name SUTHREN 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. 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. Ann Sotherne was baptised at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1586. John Southerine was baptised in the year 1588 at the same church. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. 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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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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