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The ancestors of the Souder surname date back to the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland, Souder was used as a name for a cobbler. The name is derived from the Old English word soutere, which in turn comes from the Old Norse word sutare, which means shoemaker or cobbler.

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The surname Souder was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, where Colin, son of Angus Souter, held lands in 1264.

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Souder has appeared Souter, Suter, Sutar, Souttar, Soutar, Sutter, Shuter and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Souder research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1375, 1422, 1438, and 1663 are included under the topic Early Souder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Souder:

Souder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margeretta Souder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Tomas Souder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Chris Souder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Christian Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • John Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761


Souder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Mary Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Elnor Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Feronaga Souder, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Fidela Souder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806


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  • Mark Edward Souder (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (2003-2010)
  • Mark Edward Souder (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (2003-2010)
  • Robert Souder, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1928
  • Mark Edward Souder (b. 1950), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1995-2006
  • Charles Souder, American politician, Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1873


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  • Charles P. Skouras Family History by Florence Louise Souders Skouras.
  • Family History of Nathaniel Z. Martin, 1841-1971 by Richard B. Martin.
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  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Souder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Souder 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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