The ancestors of the name Sodan date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in an area that was referred to as the south down.
The surname may also refer to the valley where the sows were kept.
In either occasion the surname denotes a place-name in the county of Devon.
Early Origins of the Sodan family
The surname Sodan was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowton, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sodan family
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Sodan Spelling Variations
Sodan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sodan have been found, including Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.
Early Notables of the Sodan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sodan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sodans to arrive on North American shores: John, Michael, and Benjamin Sowden who settled in Maryland in 1774; William Sowden arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; Mary Sowton settled in Maryland in 1737..
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