The origins of the Fodor surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a god of Anglo Saxon origin. The surname Fodor 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 Fodor family
The surname Fodor 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 Fodor family
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Fodor Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fodor has been spelled many different ways, including Foden, Fodon, Vodden, Voden and others.
Early Notables of the Fodor family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fodor family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fodors to arrive in North America:
Fodor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Aurel Fodor, aged 45, originally from Feins, Romania, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H9-H2W : 6 December 2014), Aurel Fodor, 05 Sep 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name France, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Victor Fodor, aged 14, originally from Feins, Romania, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H9-H2H : 6 December 2014), Victor Fodor, 05 Sep 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name France, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Fodor (post 1700)
- Jerry Alan Fodor (1935-2017), American philosopher and cognitive scientist
- Gábor Béla Fodor (1915-2000), Hungarian-born, American chemist, medical research scientist, and professor of chemistry
- Eugene Nicholas Fodor Jr. (1950-2011), American classical violinist
- Eugene Fodor (1905-1991), Hungarian-born, American writer of travel literature, eponym of Fodor's Travel Guides
- Caros Fodor (b. 1984), American professional mixed martial artist
- Carl Fodor (b. 1963), former American NFL and CFL football quarterback
- Géza Fodor (1943-2008), Hungarian art and literary critic, philosopher, and dramaturge
- Gábor Fodor (b. 1962), Hungarian jurist and liberal politician
- Carel Anton Fodor (1768-1846), Dutch pianist, conductor