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The Anglo-Saxon name Soden comes from when the family resided in an area that was referred to as the south down. The surname may also refer to the valley where the sows were kept. In either occasion the surname denotes a place-name in the county of Devon.

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The surname Soden was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Sowton, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Soden include Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soden research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Soden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Soden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Soden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Isaac Soden, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Soden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Maria Zum Soden, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Authon Soden, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Baby Soden, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Annie Soden, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Edward J. Soden, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1896

Soden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Henry Joseph Soden, aged 18, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1900
  • Jos. Soden, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1901
  • Jas. Soden, aged 32, who landed in America from Kells, in 1901
  • Daphne Soden, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Cavan, in 1903
  • Edith Soden, aged 19, who settled in America from Leitrim, in 1905


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  • Maura Anne Soden (b. 1955), American actress and producer
  • Arthur H. Soden (1845-1925), American executive in Major League Baseball, president and owner of the Boston Beaneaters
  • Roy Soden, American politician, Representative from New York 24th District, 1946
  • Irving H. Soden, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1964
  • Harold R. Soden, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 4th District; Elected 1960
  • Frank Ormond "Mongoose" Soden DFC & Bar (1895-1961), Canadian-born, English First World War flying ace credited with 27 victories
  • Julius Freiherr von Soden (1846-1921), German colonial official and politician


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The Soden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Soden 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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