Southampton[so̵ut̸h amp′tən, -hamp′-]
- seaport in S England, on an inlet () of The Solent or Spithead: county district pop. 197,000
- island in N Hudson Bay, Canada: 15,700 sq mi (40,663 sq km)
Origin of Southamptonafter Henry Wriothesley (1573-1624), 3d Earl of Southampton
- A city of south-central England on an inlet of the English Channel opposite the Isle of Wight. Founded on the site of Roman and Saxon settlements, it has long been a major port, especially for passenger ships.
- A village of southeast New York on the southeast coast of Long Island. It is primarily a summer resort.
, Third Earl of. Title of Henry Wriothesley. 1573–1624.
English politician, soldier, and patron of Shakespeare as well as a number of other Elizabethan poets. Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis and Rape of Lucrece are dedicated to him.