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This is a famous Anglo-Scottish surname, although one of early French origins. Recorded as de Somerville, Somerville, Somervile, Sommerville and possibly others, and having some eleven entries in the Dictionary of National Biography, and no less than twelve coats of arms, it is locational from the place called Semerville near Caen, in Normandy. The surname is first recorded in England in surviving registers in the 12th century; however it is believed that earlier name bearers came with the army of William, Duke of Normandy, on his successful conquest in 1066. In his work "Patronymica Britannica", the Victorian etymologist M.A. Lower records that Walter de Somerville was created lord of Wicknor in Staffordshire, and later of Aston Somerville in Gloucestershire...

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