Vikings and their Old Norse language. Sommerlad was a name for a the Old Norse word sumarlithi, which means mariner, Viking, summer wanderer, or sailor.
Early Origins of the Sommerlad family
Uist, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Descended from Somerled, King of the Vikings, scion of the MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, who died about 1057. The first record of the name Somerled being used as a name was at Dunkeld, and the link between this person in 1169 and Somerled who had died 100 years before is not clear.
Early History of the Sommerlad family
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Sommerlad Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Sommerlad has been spelled Somerled, M'Illurdy, M'Corle, M'Coull, Somerledy and others.
Early Notables of the Sommerlad family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sommerlad family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Sommerlad:
Sommerlad Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sommerlad (post 1700)
The Sommerlad Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per Mare Per Terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.
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