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.
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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.
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 
Victor Fodor, aged 14, originally from Feins, Romania, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France