Origins Available: English
The name Southers began among the ancestors of the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. It was a name for a cobbler.
The name is derived from the Old English word soutere,
which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare,
which means shoemaker
Early Origins of the Southers family
The surname Southers was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus
Souter, held lands in 1264.
Early History of the Southers family
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Southers Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Southers has been written Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.
Early Notables of the Southers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Southers family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Southers: Frederick Souter who arrived in Philadelphia in 1753; Nicholas Sowter settled in Philadelphia in 1733; Martin Suter settled in Carolina in 1771 with his three children..
Contemporary Notables of the name Southers (post 1700)
- Erroll G. Southers, American Associate Director of the DHS National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)