Sorley Name Meaning & Origin

Sorley

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Somhairle

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Pronounced SAWR-lee.

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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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Somhairle Mac Domhnaill (c.1580-c.1632), known to English speakers Sorley McDonnell, was a soldier for the Gaelic cause during the Thirty Years War.
Sorley MacLean (aka Somhairle MacGill-Eain; 1911-1996) was one of the most significant Scottish poets of the 20th century.
William Ritchie Sorley (1855-1935) was a British philosopher.

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