Somerled Name Meaning & Origin

Somerled

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Related Names:

Somhairle, Sorley

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An anglicized form of Somhairle, which is, in turn, a Gaelic form of the Old Norse name Somarliðr meaning "summer traveller." Somhairle is reputedly a name that was first used to describe the Vikings, who carried out their invasions of the British Isles in the summer.

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Somerled was a 12th century political leader of the Scottish Isles. After seizing the Western Isles from the King of Mann in 1156, he was known in Gaelic as ri Innse Gall ("King of the Hebrides").

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This is the name of a main character in Juliet Marillier's novel Wolfskin.

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