Early Origins of the Southan family
Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sotherton, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. This local name was derived from the term "the southern" meaning "from the south" and from the Middle English word "sothern." Perhaps Chaucer in his famous Canterbury Tales sums up this surname best "But trusteth wel, I am a sothern man."
Early History of the Southan family
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Southan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Southern, Sotherton, Sotherne, Sotheron and others.
Early Notables of the Southan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Southan family to Ireland
Some of the Southan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Southan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Isaac Southern who settled in Barbados in 1661; James Southern settled in Virginia in 1635; John in 1620; Leonard in 1670.
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