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Somner Surname Origin
One whose duty consisted in citing delinquents to the ecclesiastical courts; an apparitor; literally, a summoner. 'Sim Somnor, in hast, wend thou thi way, Byd Joseph and his wyff, be name, At the coort to apper this day, Hem to pourge of her defame.' Coventry Mysteries. Chaucer gives us a description of the Sompnour in his Canterbury Tales.
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.
Somner Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Somner Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley