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Where did the Scottish Somahan family come from? What is the Scottish Somahan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Somahan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Somahan family history?

The surname Somahan originated in the place called Sémerville, in the department of Nord, France. Somahan is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are many different types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sommerville, Summervillle, Somerville, Somerfield, Somervale, Somervile, Summerville, Summervale, Sumeril, Somahan and many more.

First found in Staffordshire, where they held a family seat, and the first of this name was Walter Somerville, Lord of Wichnor in Staffordshire, and Aston Somerville in Gloucestershire, and accompanied William the Conqueror into England at the Conquest in 1066. Walter had two sons, Walter and William of whom we shall treat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somahan research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1st , 1370, 1444, 1400, 1456, 1491, 1484, 1523, 1484, 1549, 1518 and 1569 are included under the topic Early Somahan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Somahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Somahan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Somerville who landed in America in 1685; along with William; Thomas Somerville who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813; Andrew, Archibald, Arthur, John, Joseph, and Mathew Sommerville arrived in Philadelphia between 1822 and 1864..

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The Somahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Somahan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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