from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sotherton, some say before the
in 1066. This
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."
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Distinguished members of the family include John Southern or Soowthern ( fl.
1584), and English "poetaster, seems to have been born in England
, and was doubtless connected with... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.