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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 "Sommerville, now Sommervieux, near Caen."  Literally the place name meant Sumar's or Somer's estate. 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.
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 "the progenitor of the noble family was Walter de Somerville, lord of Wicknor, and of Aston Somerville, in county Gloucester, who came into England with William the Conqueror, and left two sons, who became ancestors respectively of the English and Scottish Somervilles."   However, Black feels that "William de Somerville, first of the name in Scotland, came in the train of David I, and received lands in Lanarkshire. There were five Williams in succession, the last dying in 1282. "  Both of these sceneries could be true as David I of Scotland (1084–1153) was King of the Scots (1124-1153) and born 20 years after the Conquest. In Scotland, there are numerous early listings of the name in one form or another including: Robert de Sumeruilla who witnessed a charter by Duncan, Earl of Fife, to the nuns of North Berwick in 1177; Ralph de Sumervilla, acolyte, who was promoted to the church of Linton in 1255; and William Somerwele of the Plane, who was a charter witness in Edinburgh in 1492.  In England, Jacobus de Somerwill was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 in Devon and Robert de Somervile and Roger de Somerville were both listed in Staffordshire during the reign of Edward I. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Somahan research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1492, 1567, 1614, 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.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Somahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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..
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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