SOUTHERLAND FAMILY CREST

SOUTHERLAND CLAN CREST

The Scottish and Irish surname Southerland is a  regional name from the former county of this name, so named from Old Norse suðr ‘south’ + land ‘land’ because the territory lay south of Scandinavia and the Norse colonies in the Orkney and Shetland Islands. The Sutherland clan whose traditional territory is located in the region of Sutherland in northern highlands of Scotland was one of the most powerful Scottish clans. The clan seat is at Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland. The chief of the clan was also the powerful Earl of Sutherland. The progenitor of the Clan Sutherland was also the progenitor of the Clan Murray who was a Flemish nobleman by the name of Freskin the son of Ollec.

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