- Recorded in a surprising number of spellings including Soth, Sother, Sotheron, Southers, Southern, South, Soutt, Soot, Soots, Sowte and Zute (!), this ancient English surname is residential. It describes someone who came from 'the south'. This may have been the south of England, but just as likely was simply 'the south of the village'. The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'suth' meaning 'south, similar regional surnames being North, East and West. In the period after the 1066 Norman Invasion through to the end of feudalism in the Middle Ages, people were not encouraged to travel. Those few that did and particularly when they stayed, were given as easy identification the name of the place or region from whence they came, and this became their surname. Spelling being primitive and local accents 'thick' led to many variant forms of the same name. In this case early recordings include Robert de Sotherun in 1243 and Isabella South in the 1297 "Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall", Henry Le Suthereen in the 1325 Court Rolls of Suffolk, and William del South of Yorkshire in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls. Other recordings include John Sute, christened at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, in 1564, James Zute, who married Elizabeth Curzon at St Giles Cripplegate in 1565, and Thomas Soote, christened at St Dunstans on October 19th 1645. Edward Lytton Sothern, (1856 - 1887) was probably the first actor to have a world wide reputation.The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de la Sothe, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls" of Devonshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.
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south — south; south·amp·ton; south·cot·ti·an; south·east·er; south·east·ern; south·east·ern·er; south·east·ern·most; south·east·ward·ly; south·east·wards; south·end; south·er·li·ness; south·er·most; south·ern·er; south·ern·ism; south·ern·ize;… … English syllables
south — (south) n. 1. Abbr. S a) The direction along a meridian 90° clockwise from east; the direction to the right of sunrise. b) The cardinal point on the mariner s compass 180° clockwise from due north and directly opposite north. 2. An area or region … Word Histories
South — is one of cardinal directions and is opposite to the north. By Western convention, the bottom side of a map is south; the southern direction has azimuth or bearing of 180°.True south is the direction towards the southern end of the axis about… … Wikipedia
south — [south] n. [ME < OE suth, akin to OHG sund , ON suthr < Gmc * suntha (understood as sun side < IE * sun ,SUN1), prob. < * swintha , strong, SOUND2, to the right side, in reference to the east facing position during prayer] 1. the… … English World dictionary
South — South, a. Lying toward the south; situated at the south, or in a southern direction from the point of observation or reckoning; proceeding toward the south, or coming from the south; blowing from the south; southern; as, the south pole. At the… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
South C — is a middle class residential estate located in the southland area of Nairobi.It lies next to Wilson Airport and is also bordered with South B Langata estate. Close to its outskirt surrounding near langata estate, lies the famous kibera slums.… … Wikipedia
South — ist der Name einer Rock Band, siehe South (Band) der Titel mehrerer Filme, unter anderem South (2009), ein österreichischer Spielfilm der Regisseure Gerhard Fillei und Joachim Krenn aus dem Jahr 2009 eine Region in Kamerun (englische Bezeichnung) … Deutsch Wikipedia
south — O.E. suð southward, in the south, from P.Gmc. *sunthaz (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. suth southward, in the south, M.Du. suut), perhaps related to base of *sunnon sun, with sense of the region of the sun. Ger. Süd, Süden are from a Dutch pronunciation. O.Fr … Etymology dictionary
south|er|ly — «SUHTH uhr lee», adjective, adverb, noun, plural lies. –adj. 1. toward the south: »a southerly exposure. 2. coming from the south: »a southerly wind. 3. of the south. –adv. 1. toward the south; southward: » … Useful english dictionary
South — (?; by sailors sou), n. [OE. south, su[thorn], AS. s[=u][eth] for sun[eth]; akin to D. zuid, OHG. sund, G. s[ u]d, s[ u]den, Icel. su[eth]r, sunnr, Dan. syd, s[ o]nden, Sw. syd, s[ o]der, sunnan; all probably akin to E. sun, meaning, the side… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
South — the South a) the southeastern states of the US, used especially when talking about politics or history. When people in the US talk about the South, they mean the states that were originally part of the ↑Confederacy during the Civil War. The… … Dictionary of contemporary English