The Anglo-Saxon name Folden comes from when the family resided in the region beside an enclosed pen for animals. In particular the surname Folden can be in Bolton in the county of Lancashire. The surname Folden may also be an occupational name for someone who looked after sheep.
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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. Folden has been recorded under many different variations, including Foulds, Faulds, Fowlds, Foulls, Faulls, Fowldes and many more.
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 Folden or a variant listed above:
Folden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jose Folden, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1848 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)