Southern

This unusual name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a topographical or regional surname derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "sutherne", southern, "the man from the south". The surname has two possible interpretations; firstly, it may be a purely topographic name for someone who lived to the south of a village or settlement. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Secondly, Southern(s) may be a regional surname describing "a southern man", one who had migrated from "the south". There are a number of variant forms of the surname, ranging from Southern(s), Suthern(s) and Southorn, to Sothern, Suthren, Southan, Sudran and Sudron. Examples of the name from Church Registers include: the marriage of Thomas Southerns and Anne Moor, at St. Mary's, Lichfield, Staffordshire, on October 13th 1754, and the marriage of Sarah Southerns and Alexander Thomas on December 20th 1778, at St. Clement Danes, Westminster, London. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name depicts three red pallets on a silver shield, over all a black bend. The Crest is a green serpent nowed. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey le Sutherne, which was dated 1243, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Staffordshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Southern — South ern (?; 277), a. [AS. s[=u][eth]ern. See {South}.] Of or pertaining to the south; situated in, or proceeding from, the south; situated or proceeding toward the south. [1913 Webster] {Southern Cross} (Astron.), a constellation of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Southern —   [ sʌȓən], Terry, amerikanischer Schriftsteller, * Alvarado (Texas) 1. 5. 1924, ✝ New York (N.Y.) 30. 10. 1995; in seinen satirischen Romanen haben schwarzer Humor, absurd groteske und scheinbar pornographische Situationen und Charaktere v. a.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • southern — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated in, directed towards, or facing the south. 2) (usu. Southern) living in, coming from, or characteristic of the south. DERIVATIVES southernmost adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • southern — [suth′ərn] adj. [ME < OE suthern] 1. in, of, to, toward, or facing the south 2. from the south [a southern wind ] ☆ 3. [usually S ] of or characteristic of the South ☆ 4. [S ] designating a dialect of American English spoken in the Delmarva… …   English World dictionary

  • Southern — South ern, n. A Southerner. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Southern [1] — Southern (spr. Saushern), 1) Thomas, geb. um 1662 in Stratford upon Avon, studirte in Oxford Schöne Wissenschaften, wurde ein Günstling des Herzogs von York, diente als Hauptmann in der Armee gegen den Prinzen von Oranien, lebte dann von… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • southern — O.E. suðerne, from suð south (see SOUTH (Cf. south)) + erne, suffix denoting direction …   Etymology dictionary

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