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.
Early Origins of the Foden family
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.
Early History of the Foden family
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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.
Early Notables of the Foden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foden family to the New World and Oceana
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, who settled in Maryland in 1726
Foden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Foden, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.
Foden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edward Foden, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
- Mary Ann Foden, aged 36, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
- Arthur W. Foden, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Mary J. Foden, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Charles Henry Foden, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Foden (post 1700)
- William Foden (1860-1947), American composer, musician, and teacher
- Giles Foden (b. 1967), English author, best known for his novel The Last King of Scotland (1998)
- Edward Edgar Foden (1913-1985), English marine engineer and inventor of the cargo hatch cover, lifeboat davits, and an escape hatch for submarines
- Benjamin James "Ben" Foden (b. 1985), English rugby union player from Chester
- Charles Foden (1868-1908), British silver medalist tug of war competitor at the 1908 Summer Olympics
- Joe Foden (1918-1995), Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in 1942
- Wendy Foden, South African conservation biologist
- Edwin Foden (1841-1911), 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,
Historic Events for the Foden family
- Mr. Leslie J Foden (b. 1912), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
- Mr. Robert Ernest Foden, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/