The name Solden has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family 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 Solden family
The surname Solden 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 Solden family
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Solden Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Solden have been found, including Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.
Early Notables of the Solden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Solden family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Solden, or a variant listed above: 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 Solden (post 1700)
- Carl W. Solden, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Waterford Township, Michigan, 2000- CITATION[CLOSE]
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