The Soltan name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Soltan family
The surname Soltan 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 Soltan family
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Soltan Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Soltan has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sowdon, Sowden, Sowton, Sowten and others.
Early Notables of the Soltan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Soltan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Soltan were among those contributors: 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 Soltan (post 1700)
- Petru Soltan (1931-2016), Moldovan mathematician and politician, Member of the Parliament of Moldova (1990–1994)