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Somerville Surname Origin
The village near a marsh or lake; So mer, a marshy soil, near water or the sea. So, for swl, sal, the earth, soil, land. Samhradh, Gaelic, summer, from Samh, the sun. Somerset may have been so called because the primitive inhabitants had an altar to the sun, samh, or because the country lay to the south.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Somerville Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Somerville Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson