Anglo-Saxon surname Colden came from the son of Goldwin. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Colden family
Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Colden family
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Colden Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Colden has been recorded under many different variations, including Golden, Goldin, Goulden, Gouldin, Goulton and many more.
Early Notables of the Colden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colden family to Ireland
Some of the Colden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Colden family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Colden or a variant listed above:
Colden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Colden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Colden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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