The name Sodey first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived 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.
Early Origins of the Sodey family
The surname Sodey 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.
Early History of the Sodey family
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Sodey Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Sodey has appeared include Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.
Early Notables of the Sodey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sodey family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sodey arrived in North America very early: John, Michael, and Benjamin Sowden who settled in Maryland in 1774; William Sowden arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1860; Mary Sowton settled in Maryland in 1737..
Contemporary Notables of the name Sodey (post 1700)
- David Sodey, English Hertford and Stortford political candidate for the 2010 elections