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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Other Forms FormsSoame

Meaning & History

Denoted a person hailing from a village called Soham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "homestead by the lake" from Old English "lake" and ham "farm, homestead". No lake exists there today but certainly did at Domesday, being recorded as "lacus". The place name is considerably older than the locational surname, the first surviving record being in 995, as Sægham. The surname was first recorded in Domesday Book of 1086 with that of Warin de Saham, lord of the manor.
Added 11/13/2016 by LMS
Edited 2/18/2019 by SeaHorse15