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The name Foden is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a god of Anglo Saxon origin. The surname Foden originally derived from the Old English word Odin, Fodin, or Voden. which referred to an ancient pagan god of the Saxons. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal. In the pre-Christian era, many pagan gods and demigods were believed to be a mixture of animals and humans, such as the Greek god Pan who was the god of flocks and herds and was represented as a man with the legs, horns and ears of a goat.

Foden Early Origins



The surname Foden was first found in Cheshire 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.

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Foden Spelling Variations


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Foden Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Foden has undergone many spelling variations, including Foden, Fodon, Vodden, Voden and others.

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Foden Early History


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Foden Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foden research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foden Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foden Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Foden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Foden were among those contributors:

Foden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Foden settled in Maryland in 1726

Foden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Foden, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

Foden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Foden, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Mary Ann Foden, aged 36, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Arthur W. Foden, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Mary J. Foden, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Charles Henry Foden, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foden (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foden (post 1700)



  • Edwin Foden, British truck maker, who's great innovation was the development of a practical and highly efficient compound steam unit
  • William Foden, Secretary of State for Air
  • Air Marshall Arthur Foden,

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Foden Historic Events


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Foden Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie J Foden (b. 1912), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Robert Ernest Foden, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Foden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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