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This interesting surname is an Anglicized form of the Old gaelic Mac Somhairle. The Gaelic prefix "Mac" means "son of", plus the personal byname Somhairle, itself a Gaelicized form of the Old Norse "Sumarlithr", composed of the elements "sumar", Summer, plus "lithr", warrior or mariner. It is interesting to note that an ancient Pictish document of North East Scotland refers to "the fleets of Somerleths" i.e. Vikings who made voyages to the British Isles in the Summer season-pirates, not settlers.

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