There are three possible origins for this interesting name although the first two have the same meaning. These derivatives are from the Medieval English "Solas" or the Olde French "Solaz" translating as "comfort" - a term of endearment or occasionally a nickname for one who was well off. The second derivation is as a result of political pressure to integrate and is an "anglicization" of the French-Huguenot name "Soulier" - The Shoe Maker, which was transposed to Souller (1779) and then to Soller or Sollar (circa 1845). The original name recordings include Anne Sollar who married William Clarne by Civil Licence in London on June 1st 1600 and Jeanne Soular (French Huguenot) who was christened at Spitalfields, London on July 8th 1716. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Solace, which was dated 1269, witness at the Northumberland Assize Court, during the reign of King Henry III, "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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