Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a summoner, an official who was
responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, Middle
English sumner, sumnor.
- William Sumner came to Dorchester, MA, from England in about
1635. His descendants include U.S. Senator Charles Sumner, a major
force in the struggle to end slavery, who was born in 1811 in
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